Institutions do not always matter. They can make it easier for states to deal with non-traditional security threats and alleviate arms races, but they are less likely to matter in dealing with territorial disputes and negotiating multilateral trade agreements. We should neither overestimate nor underestimate the utility of ASEAN-centered regionalism in the Asia Pacific.
A Strategic Functional Theory of Institutions and Rethinking Asian Regionalism: When Do Institutions Matter?
Kai He is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Institutional Balancing in the Asia Pacific (2009) and co-author of Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis in the Asia Pacific (2013). Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Kai He; A Strategic Functional Theory of Institutions and Rethinking Asian Regionalism: When Do Institutions Matter?. Asian Survey 1 December 2014; 54 (6): 1184–1208. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2014.54.6.1184
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