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Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations

Patching Together a Global Script

  • Tanja A. Börzel
  • Vera van Hüllen

Part of the Governance and Limited Statehood Series book series (GLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tanja A. Börzel, Vera van Hüllen
      Pages 3-21
  3. Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Christof Hartmann, Kai Striebinger
      Pages 68-83
    3. Merran Hulse, Anna van der Vleuten
      Pages 84-103
  4. Middle East and Asia

  5. The Americas

  6. Europe

  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243

About this book


This volume explores the conditions under which regional organizations engage in governance transfer in and to areas of limited statehood. The authors argue that a global script of governance transfer by regional organizations is emerging, where regional and national actors are adapting governance standards and instruments to their local context.


governance democracy human rights corruption rule of law transfer diffusion global script (comparative) regionalism regional organizations African Union (AU) Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Southern African Development Community (SADC) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) League of Arab States (LAS) Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Organization of American States (OAS) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Common Market of the South (Mercado Común del Sur Mercosur) ASEAN environment government intervention Mercosur NAFTA Nation organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Tanja A. Börzel
    • 1
  • Vera van Hüllen
    • 2
  1. 1.Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political ScienceFreie Universität BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Leuphana Universität LüneburgGermany

About the editors

Francesco Duina, University of British Columbia, USA Andrea Gawrich, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany Christof Hartmann, University Duisburg Essen, Germany Merran Hulse, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands Anja Jetschke, University of Göttingen, Germany Julia Leininger, German Development Institute (DIE), Germany Mathis Lohaus, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Germany Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Alessandra Russo, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa Sören Stapel, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Germany Kai Striebinger, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Germany Anna van der Vleuten, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Bibliographic information


“This edited volume represents a successful attempt to systematically investigate how and under what conditions regional organizations (ROs) transfer legitimate governance institutions in their Member States or third countries. … This stimulating and very informative book is thus strongly recommended for all academics and students interested in global and comparative regionalism, diffusion and the evolution of (good) governance institutions in and outside Europe.” (Johannes Muntschick, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 54 (5), 2016)