Logic of the effective supply of regional security public goods by small state groups: a case study of the ASEAN

CHEN Xiang1

(1.Research Center of Peripheral Security and International Cooperation, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079)

【Abstract】Regional security public goods refer to the international security public goods within a specific area, and their providers have always been dominated by hegemonic powers and global international organizations. With the aggravation of the “supply deficit” of security public goods and the development of security regionalism, the roles of small state groups as the suppliers of regional security public goods become increasingly prominent. From the perspective of public goods, the effective supply of regional security public goods is driven jointly by the willingness and ability of actors. As far as the small state groups are concerned, the autonomy preference is its internal thrust to supply regional security public goods and the collective power pooling is its external impetus to supply regional security public goods, so the coupling of the two can promote the small state groups to effectively supply regional security public goods. However, the dislocation of autonomy preference and power pooling will lead to the decline in small state groups’ willingness to pursue autonomy and the weakening of collective power, resulting in the insufficient supply of regional security public goods. In addition, the supply of regional security public goods by small state groups is also affected by the regional power structure, regional leading norms and external forces. The logic of the effective supply of regional security public goods by small state groups can be explained by examining the historical evolution of the ASEAN’s supply of regional security public goods.

【Keywords】 small state groups; autonomy preference; power pooling; regional security public goods; the ASEAN; regional security;


【Funds】 2014 Key Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (14ZDA087)

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Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review
  • 3 Autonomy preference, power pooling and the supply of regional security public goods by small state groups
  • 4 Historical evolution of the supply of regional security public goods by the ASEAN
  • 5 Conclusion
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