Regional Organizations

With 92 regional organizations and up to 130 parameters per each organization (covering macroeconomics, trade, investments, migration, and institutional characteristics), the RID database is a state-of-the-art source of quantitative data of regional organizations around the world. 

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Vinokurov E., Libman A. (2017) Re-Evaluating Regional Organizations: Behind the Smokescreen of Official Mandates. Basingtoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

This book re-evaluates the regional organizations landscape and discusses how organizations with similar mandates can exercise strikingly different goals. Even economic organizations, which do not produce any outcomes in terms of economic cooperation, can be valuable for their members or individual stakeholders. The book's argument is supported by a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. It employs a novel dataset of 60 regional organizations to establish correlations between members’ goals and their characteristics. More than a dozen of case studies in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and post-Soviet Eurasia illustrate the theoretic arguments of how particular types of regional organizations come into existence and evolve. Finally, the book examines the remarkable resilience of regional organizations and considers the conditions under which the stakeholders are willing to abandon support.

Professor Harley Balzer, Georgetown University: Vinokurov and Libman provide an invaluable comparative analysis of the proliferating jumble of regional economic organizations around the globe. Combining theory with qualitative and quantitative data, the authors offer a thorough guidebook to one of the most important developments in international political economy and regionalism. Not surprisingly, the enormous number of regional organizations means they differ widely in size, purpose, capacity and outcomes. Coming from a country that has experienced repeated difficulties fostering effective regional organizations, Vinokurov and Libman challenge us to rethink assumptions about why nations join these groupings and how they evaluate the returns.

Gaspare Genna, Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso: This book represents a highly detailed accounting of regional integration around the world. The authors ask important questions regarding regional organizations' goal setting and persistence. The reader is treated to an excellent review of theory and meticulous testing of hypotheses. The data-driven conclusions strongly add to our understanding of state cooperation.

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Vinokurov E., Libman A.  (2016) Regional Organizations: Typology and Development Paths. Report 37. Saint Petersburg: EDB Centre for Integration Studies. In Russian.

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