Comparative Regional Systems

Comparative Regional Systems

West and East Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Developing Countries

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Editors: Werner J. Feld, Gavin Boyd
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483148151

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Comparative Regional Systems: West and East Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Developing Countries is a comparative study of regional systems, namely, West and East Europe, North America, the Middle East, and developing countries. This book examines the patterned and unpatterned forms of international activity through which states relate to the most important entities in world politics: their neighbors. The cooperative and conflictual behavior in international politics occurring within regional contexts is discussed, with emphasis on the sources and forms of this behavior as well as the issues that contribute to it and those that it creates. This monograph is comprised of 15 chapters and opens with an analysis of clusters of variables that form linked patterns within each international region, paying particular attention to the developmental issues that appear to be posed in the various regions of world politics. The following chapters focus on social-psychological factors in regional politics; regional patterns of economic cooperation; political change in regional systems; patterns of transregional relations; and interactions between regional organizations in various parts of the world and the global system that may affect either the operation of the latter or influence actions and functions of the former. The final chapter examines the problems and pitfalls of regional integration theories, along with their inability to "scientifically" predict the pathways of regional development. This text is designed to assist students, professionals, and the general public interested in international relations.

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgments

    Part I - Perspectives

    1 The Comparative Study of International Regions

    2 Social-Psychological Factors in Regional Politics

    3 Regional Patterns of Economic Cooperation

    Part II - Globally Central Regional Systems

    4 Western Europe

    5 Eastern Europe

    6 North America

    Part III - Globally Peripheral Regional Systems

    7 East Asia

    8 South Asia

    9 The Middle East

    10 Latin America

    11 Africa

    Part IV - Regions and World Order

    12 Political Change in Regional Systems

    13 Patterns of Transregional Relations

    14 Regional Organizations and the Global System

    15 Whither Regional Integration Theory?


    About the Contributors

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  • No. of pages: 536
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483148151

About the Editors

Werner J. Feld

Gavin Boyd

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