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Normative regionalism in East Asia

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posted on 01.01.2008, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He
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.

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Title of book

Institutionalizing Northeast Asia

Chapter number

3

Pagination

63 - 80

Publisher

United Nations University Press

Place of publication

Tokyo, Japan

ISBN-13

9789280811568

ISBN-10

9280811568

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2008, United Nations University Press

Extent

22

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Timmermann, J Tsuchiyama

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