European Union Interregionalism and the Capability-Expectations Gap (2009)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. National Centre for Research on Europe
This article addresses interregionalism in EU external relations. It considers the nature of interregionalism centred on two functional varieties - an internally focused, capacity building interregionalism and an externally focused, globally active form - and, in broad brush strokes, the evidence for each of these forms in EU interregional strategies. On this basis, it notes a capability-expectations gap in the EU's approach to interregionalism, with a certain dissonance between the Union's apparent acknowledgement of limited regional actorness in its partner groupings on the one hand and, on the other, its coincident high-level expectations as to what is achievable in the context of these relationships. The article concludes by suggesting priority areas for EU interregional strategy.
CitationDoidge, M. (2009) European Union Interregionalism and the Capability-Expectations Gap. Asia Pacific Journal of EU Studies, 7(1/2), pp. 1-18.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research44 - Human society::4408 - Political science::440808 - International relations
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