International Politics Reviews

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 7–16 | Cite as

Comparative regionalism: Still emerging, already to be reformed?

  • Alessandra Russo
Review Article


The article reviews three recently published books that aim to fill several crucial gaps in the literature about regionalism. Since the early 1990s, research on regionalism seems to have proliferated and consolidated as a distinct sub-discipline. However, the meaning of this emerging academic field has been questioned and contested, as generations of scholars have failed to define a common conceptual ground all can agree on. Through different concepts and cases, these books offers interesting innovations, empirical insights and theoretical proposals to think about regional orders, organisations and governance. The first book critically examines the existing scholarly production on regionalism, also engaging in a comparative study of how regionalism manifests itself in different areas of the world. The other two books are more focused on specific regions (that is, the post-Soviet region and the African region), yet highlighting the potentiality of their respective case studies as instances of far-reaching phenomena.


regionalism comparative regional organisations African Eurasian 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandra Russo
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  1. 1.Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisaItaly

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