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Beyond regional integration?: social constructivism, regional cohesiveness and the regionalism puzzle

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Ghica, Luciana Alexandra

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Abstract In this paper I deconstruct the foundations of regional integration and propose a social constructivist reconstruction of the ontological field of regionalism. More specifically, I first show that regions are notions not only of space but also of time and culture. Then, I reconstruct its related conceptual field (regionalism, regionalization, regional identity etc.), arguing that regional integration is an incomplete category of regionalism. Within this framework and as an alternative to regional integration, I build the concept of regional cohesiveness defined as the degree to which a group of actors inhabiting a contiguous space act and represent themselves as a group. This analytical model builds a multidimensional space for comprehensively mapping and exploring all forms of contemporary regionalism, from both institutional and normative/representational perspectives.
Keywords innovation; regionalism; regional integration; constructivism; zone; time; culture; ontology
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 733-752
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 13 (2013) 4
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works