The European Union to Argue for Regionalism Case Study by ctown

The European Union to Argue for Regionalism
An examination of the case of the European Union and how it can be seen as an argument for regionalism.
# 112646 | 1,910 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2009 in Economics (International) , International Relations (General)

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This paper examines the European Union, regionalism and liberalism. It defines each of the terms and discusses how they relate to one another. It suggests that regionalism can be described within the theory of liberalism. The paper concludes that all economic blocs can be seen as benefiting if they choose to participate in a regional setting.

From the Paper:

"One potential issue that arises in this specific bloc is that it can be said that the liberal trade agreement inside the EU is not as beneficial for smaller countries than it is for larger countries. This is because the larger countries have more spending power, which gives them more power in rules and regulations that will affect all of the countries in the bloc, nit just the large ones. This could possibly mean that the large country could help pass a rule that makes it harder for the smaller country to participate in international commerce. This is not an issue that is strictly a problem for the EU. This would be a problem for any economic bloc, regional or not. A solution might be to give all of the countries equal voting power, however, this could also be seen as harmful because the larger countries help the economic stabilization of others. Germany has different needs than Malta. Malta might be better helped if it were to have Germany to fall back on rather than helping make a decision in the first place."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Uvalic, Milica. "Regional Cooperation and the Enlargement of the European Union: Lessons Learned?." International Political Science Review / Revue internationale de science politique Vol. 23(2002): 319-333.
  • Woolf , Marie. "EU agrees to ban animal testing on cosmetics from 2009." The Independent 8 Nov 2002. 11 Nov 2008. <>.

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