This chapter underlines the richness of regional theory and reviews a spectrum of partly overlapping and partly competing approaches to regionalism. A thorough theoretical discussion is motivated by the fact that any attempt to rethink regionalism rests, at least partly, on previous and competing theoretical experiences. This type of theoretical reflection takes a step backwards in order to take two forward later on. Since a single theory cannot give a sufficient picture of the multiplicity of regionalism, this book embraces several relatively distinct theories in a broad and eclectic approach (Katzenstein 2005). Clearly, some theories are divergent, with competing meta-theoretical and conceptual points of departures, different ways of producing knowledge and a concern with different research questions. This chapter presupposes that an overview of the theoretical landscape is essential to an understanding of which theoretical elements are compatible and which are not.
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