Global transformations during the last two to three decades have resulted in multidimensional regionalism developing in most policy fields. Regionalism has no single cause but is shaped by a number of problems and interests, as well as cognitive factors and imaginations. This chapter illustrates that regionalism has become a core feature of different policy areas and sectors, spanning a range from security, economy, and social policy to the environment. More or less every government in the world is engaged in regionalism, but regionalist processes also involve a rich variety of business and civil society actors, resulting in a multitude of formal as well as informal regional processes in most fields of contemporary politics.
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