About the Book
This edition deals with the development of new regionalism in international political economic in post-cold war era into nine chapters. Changes in the international structure and new security challenges were expected to push the development of new regionalism, providing order and stability in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, and South Asia. These forces have redefined the structural and agentive relationships between the global, regional, and national contexts. This edition reexamines the conceptual development of new regionalism; regionalism and regional integration without Europe-centeredness; the way regionalism in East Asia; impact of the post-cold war on the European and Asian regionalism; European experience in development of new regionalism; regionalism and security building in South Asia; the economic and strategic regionalism in East Asia; the regional cooperation in Southeast Asia; and the current regional integration processes in sub-Saharan Africa. Hope readers will appreciate the edition for its clarity and simplicity in the presentation of the facts.
About the Author
Wim Swann has a Master’s in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and History from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She worked with the World Bank over the period 1971 to 2006, where she was actively involved as a ‘front-line operator’ to help put remotely-conceived development plans into action. Thus, after assignments working on Eastern Africa (1979-86) and Latin America (1986-90), she also served in implementing programs in the Sahel region (1990-94) and Southern Africa (1994-96). Subsequently, as Director for Social Policy and Governance in the East Asia and Pacific Region (1997-2000), she helped to mould and implement the World Bank’s initiatives to minimize the impact of the East Asian financial crisis. Much of her works are centered on socio-economic policy and governance. Thus, she dealt with issues related to civil society, including those arising out of preconceptions about gender. She served as counselor to the president on issues involving ethics, values, rights, and faith in development work which reflects the recent growing realisation that development institutions like the World Bank share common goals with religious traditions in the alleviation of poverty and its attendant problems; and that there is the need for a symbiotic dialogue between these two in order to maximize the benefits from their working together synergistically. Since 2000, she is also associated with Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.