A comprehensive analysis on interregional governance mode

ZHENG Xianwu1

(1.School of International Studies, Nanjing University)

【Abstract】As an institutionalized relation among world regions and a new phenomenon in international relations, interregionalism has played an important role in regional, trans-regional and global governance, and become significant building blocks of an emerging multilayered global governance system. The paper argues that interregional governance should be considered as a new distinct mode of global governance based on interregionalism practice, and puts forward some comprehensive views on its core issues such as its rise, key actors, basic conditions and alternative paths. Firstly, it argues that interregional governance is a dual realistic response to globalization and regionalization made by regional countries and other actors as a kind of extension and expansion of rapidly developing regionalism governance after the Cold War, and this results in a dual process in which the specified regional actors realize their regional internal and external collaborative governance. Secondly, it holds that the process of interregional governance is driven by regional states and non-state actors together, but regional powers and intergovernmental organizations play a crucial role in it as leaders. Thirdly, it contends that interregional governance needs the common basis of power, interests and identity, so power-balancing, interest-sharing and identity-strengthening in their interaction and mutual construction form necessary materials and an ideal condition for its start and continuous operation. Finally, it points out that some specific functions of interregionalism such as institution-building, norm-diffusing and agenda-setting can bring about internal and external impacts on regions, and offer alternative paths for interregional governance. Therefore, this paper concludes that the key actors, basic conditions and alternative paths of interregional governance in the mutual influence and interaction as a whole constitute a comprehensive analytical framework of its research.

【Keywords】 interregionalism; regional intergovernmental organizations; regional powers; interregional governance; global governance;

【Funds】 Supported by Humanities and Social Sciences Research Planning Fund Project of the Ministry of Education, “Interregional Cooperation and Global Governance” (10YJAGJW025) Supported by The Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, “International Scholar Exchange Fellowship” (ISEF); and “Qing-Lan Project” of institutions of higher education in Jiangsu Province

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CN: 11-1343/F

Vol , No. 11, Pages 91-120+158-159

November 2014


Article Outline


  • 1 Interregional governance and its key actors
  • 2 Basic conditions for interregional governance
  • 3 Possible paths for interregional governance
  • 4 Conclusion