Regional Actorship: A Comparative Approach to Interregionalism

  • Björn Hettne
Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 7)


This chapter raises the question of how regions become actors, and how regions interact to shape interregional structures. The concept of regional actorship, although derived from the European experience, serves as an analytical framework in studying the transformation of a region from object to subject, with a certain actor capacity in its external relations, permitting it to enter into organised, purposive relations with other regions. The chapter, firstly, develops a comparative framework built around the concept of regional actorship: the mutually supportive role of regionness, presence and actorness. In the subsequent two sections the framework is employed for a comparison between the historical emergence of the European region and current regionalism and interregionalism in East Asia and Latin America. The final section draws conclusions about the relationship between regionalism, interregionalism and world order.


European Union World Order African Union Latin America International Political Economy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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