In the introduction the topic of the special issue is introduced, followed by an overview of the single contributions and some general remarks. Three of the contributions specifically address aspects of federalism theory as theory of regional integration, and it is concluded, that federalism theory indeed is a fruitful approach when analyzing regional integration projects both within and outside Europe. It is encouraged to broaden the scoop of analysis and include federations when analyzing regional integration and in this way overcome the paralysis caused by the (false) equation ‘n = 1’ where n is the number of regional projects in the world and 1 being the European Union. It is then suggested to combine federalism theory and neo-functionalism and apply it outside Europe.
Other contributions analyze the relationship between micro- and macro regions; the roles of China and the US in Asian; the roles of the EU and the US in Egypt; and Argentina’ and Brazil’s relations to the EU
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