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.
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
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?
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- © Pergamon 1980
- 1st January 1980
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