First Advisor

Birol Yesilada

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science


Political Science




Regionalism -- East Asia, Regionalism -- Europe, Intergovernmental cooperation, East Asia -- Economic integration, Europe -- Economic integration



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 85 pages)


Regional integration is not a new phenomenon but has become an increasingly important topic of political research with the continued expansion of the European Union as well as an increased number of regional organizations around the globe. This paper will seek to use both Europe and East Asia as illustrations in order to better comprehend the driving forces behind integration as well as why some regions are further integrated than others. The purpose of this research is to achieve a better understanding of what causes regional integration in hopes of developing a more inclusive theory. More specifically, it aims to see how integrated the region of East Asia is, in particular when compared to Europe. Through comparing the two regions and analyzing factors in both Europe and East Asia as determined by current integration theory, this research aims to achieve a better understanding of the driving forces behind regional integration as an international phenomenon. My research is an attempt to tie together the multiple existing theories of regional integration with the goal of creating a more cohesive and measurable theory. With an increased understanding of regional integration, we will be better able to both explain and predict integration in both Europe and East Asia, as well as other, less integrated regions around the world.


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Hatfield School of Government. Division of Political Science

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