The EU an actor sui generis? A Comparison of EU and ASEAN actorness

Abstract

The core argument of this article is to advocate the recognition of regional organizations as international actors. Conceptions of the European Union (EU) as an international actor are not new. However, a great deal of the literature regards the EU as sui generis in nature and lacking in external capabilities when compared to nation-states. Other regional organizations, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) fare even worse. This article notes that we need to move beyond a state-centric view of world politics to assess the actor capabilities, nascent or advanced, of other players in the global arena, particularly regional organizations.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02237.x
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at: wileyonlinelibrary.com JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies and Blackwell Publishing.
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional organizations,international actors,European Union,Association of Southeast Asian Nations,external capabilities,EU,ASEAN,Business and International Management,Economics and Econometrics,Political Science and International Relations,Business, Management and Accounting(all)
Full Text Link: http://onlineli ... 2237.x/abstract
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2012-07
Published Online Date: 2012-01-18
Authors: Wunderlich, Uwe (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1278-4773)

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