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MIRRORING THE EU? FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY OF INTEGRATION IN ASIA; pp. 47–61

(Full article in PDF format)   DOI: 10.3176/tr.2012.1.02


Authors

Vlad Vernygora, Natalia Chaban, Chae-Deug Yi

Abstract

This paper contributes to the debate on the multidimensional phenomenon of Asian regional integration. Considering one case study – a regional grouping known as ‘ASEAN+3’ – this paper offsets it against relevant achievements on the European continent. Admitting that direct application of the EU’s model to the ASEAN+3 frame­works is fruitless, this study uses a different approach, treating the EU’s legal composition as a leading tool to assess if the European ‘know how’ in regional integration could be applied to facilitate the inter-relations within the ASEAN+3.
    Three barriers to regional integration are explored: differing democratic practices, dominating intergovernmental interactions, and the globally (vs. regionally) orientated China. Yet, this paper argues that the aforementioned challenges have a potential not only to subvert, but, paradoxically, reinforce the Asian integration process, particularly within the ASEAN+3 grouping.

Keywords

Asian integration, ASEAN+3, functional capacity of integration, the EU’s legal profile.

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