Normative regionalism in East Asia

He, Baogang 2008, Normative regionalism in East Asia, in Institutionalizing Northeast Asia, United Nations University Press, Tokyo, Japan, pp.63-80.

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Title Normative regionalism in East Asia
Author(s) He, Baogang
Title of book Institutionalizing Northeast Asia
Editor(s) Timmermann, Martina
Tsuchiyama, Jitsuo
Publication date 2008
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 22
Start page 63
End page 80
Total pages 18
Publisher United Nations University Press
Place of Publication Tokyo, Japan
Summary Normative regionalism has been largely overlooked and ignored; and
normative questions concerning regionalization are deemed unimportant,
idealist and irrelevant to Asia. This is mainly due to the domination of
realism, pragmatism and functional approaches, thus inhibiting the substantial
progress of regionalism in East Asia. It is time that scholars and
policy-makers take normative orders of regionalism seriously.
This chapter examines the state of normative regionalism and its impact
in East Asia through an overview of the historical evolution of the
concept of regionalism, the meanings of and variations in Asian regionalism,
and the impact of all these on regional cooperation in East Asia.
It examines the old pan-Asianism, the advocacy of "re-Asianization" in
Japan, Mahathir's idea of neo-Asianism in Malaysia and the ideas of
regionalism developed in Korea and China. This examination provides the
basis for a discussion of the normative order of East Asian regionalism
by addressing a set of questions concerning national sovereignty, nationalism,
democracy and regional identities.
In particular, this chapter will examine how Asian nationalist and statist
normative thinking influences various ideas of regionalism and constrains
the development of genuine regionalism in East Asia.
ISBN 9789280811568
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©United Nations University, 2008
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