Sem (MA/MA-EU) The EU and global Regionalism: Explaining Integration and Disintegration Dynamics

Dr. Johannes Muntschick

Kurzname: Sem EU

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Gültig für folgende vom Institut angebotenen Studiengänge:
- MA EU (Modul 4 Advanced Module: Politics in Europe, Seminar European Policy Studies)
- MA PÖIB (Modul 5 Internationale Politik und Europäische Integration")
- MA Empirische Demokratieforschung, alte Prüfungsordnung (Modul 5 Internationale Politik und spezifische Politikfelder)
- MA PÖIB (Modul 6 Inhaltliche Vertiefung mit interdisziplinärer Orientierung)
- Participation in class is obligatory
- Task assignments

Zusätzliche Informationen

Seminar in English

In order to pass the course and gain credits/ECTS points, you will be asked to complete certain task assignments (details provided in the seminar outline at a later stage).


Since the end of the Cold War, we observe a mushrooming of new and renewed regionalisms in virtually all parts of the world – particularly in the global South. There is evidence that globalisation contributes to the fact that a growing number of challenges and cooperation problems in international relations go beyond the sphere of influence of individual nation states. These challenges demand coordinated and cooperative international action in order to facilitate and achieve mutually beneficial solutions for all countries involved. On regional level, many countries in many different parts of the world pushed regionalism and regional organisations forward in order to master these cooperation problems and engage in regional block-building to better face the challenges of globalisation.

Quite often, at least in the academic debate, the European Union (EU) is seen as political construct ‘sui generis’ that acts as natural origin and role model for global regionalism. We observe several regionalisms in other parts of the globe where countries cooperate in a variety of issue areas (economy, security, infrastructure etc.) more or less successfully. We observe institutional dynamics – and have evidence for paralysis, symbolism or even failure. Some regional organisations remind to some degree of the EU. Could the EU – as an external actor – have unfolded an impact and influence on the emergence and institutional design of such regionalisms? What is the role of regional hegemons who could be of key importance for the success and development of regional integration projects?
More recently, however, we also observe disintegration dynamics in international institutions and regional organisations. Some refer to this as a 'crisis of multilateralism' or a 'rise of bilateralism'. It seems that some countries, not only in Europe, are increasingly sceptical about membership in regional organisations which fuels centrifugal dynamics. Why is that the case? And what motivates and drives these dynamics?

The seminar is dedicated to global regionalism and aims to analyse, explain and compare the emergence, institutional design and performance (effectiveness) of regionalism in different parts of the world. Empirical examples and case studies include regional organisations from all continents, i.e. America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The EU may act as bench mark for comparison although the seminar’s academic approach to the study of ‘regionalism’ is certainly not euro-centric.

In the first part of the course, students will gain knowledge about theories of international cooperation, regional integration, international institutions and (policy) diffusion. This includes the latest research on new regionalism and regionalism in comparison. In the second part, empirical case study research shall be in the focus and students learn to analyse and explain regionalism, integration and disintegration dynamics based on specific regional organisations. This includes critical assessment of the institutional design and performance of regional integration projects.

Digitale Lehre

The course follows an innovative teaching approach that combines - ideally - elements of elarning and live interaction. This includes using methods of asynchronous/synchronous (with time delay/live) teaching and interaction between students and lecturer.

The central learning platform is moodle: https://lms.uni-mainz.de/moodle/login/index.php

This course will use Skype for Business (or other alternatives if necessary) for synchronous/llive teaching and interaction.

Please install and familiarise yourself with the software and make sure that you have internet-ready devices at hand during the time slot of this seminar.

The seminar outline will provide further details (distributed at a later time).

Empfohlene Literatur

Selection of Basic Literature:
• Börzel, T. & van Hüllen, V. (eds.), 2015: Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations. Patching Together a Global Script. Houndmills: Palgrave.
• Börzel, T. A. & Risse, T. [eds.], 2016: Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Linn, J., 2018: Recent Threats to Multilateralism. In: Global Journal of Emerging Market Economies, 9:1-3. 86-113.
• Ravenhill, J., 2008: Regionalism. In: Ravenhill, J. [ed.]: Global Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 172-210.
• Spragia, A., 2008: Review Article: Comparative Regionalism: What Might It Be? In: Journal of Common Market Studies, 46:1: 29-49.
• Söderbaum, F., 2016: Rethinking Regionalism. London: Palgrave.
• Journal of Politics & Governance


Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
21.04.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
28.04.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
05.05.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
12.05.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
19.05.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
26.05.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
02.06.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
09.06.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
16.06.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
23.06.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
30.06.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
07.07.2020 (Dienstag)14.15 - 15.45 Uhr02 607 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)

Semester: SoSe 2020