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The chapter starts from the assumption that ‘institutions matter’ in the creation, maintenance and future prospects of regional integration projects. It is argued that governments create regional integration institutions to enhance the predictability of interactions with other governments, and of the outcomes emanating from those interactions. However, institutions, once established, have a habit of taking on ‘a life of their own’ in the sense that they evolve in ways not foreseen by their creators, and generate ‘path dependencies’ that not only constrain national actors, but also constitute ‘normative vessels’ imbued with their own beliefs, procedures and values.
The following chapter, by Walter Kennes (2015), examines the evolving development partnership between the EU and ASEAN. ASEAN, as one of the most successful integration initiatives among developing nations, and the EU, as the most comprehensive arrangement among industrial countries, are widely considered natural partners. While the EU is the oldest dialogue partner of ASEAN, the chapter points out similarities between both organisations as well as the importance of being aware of fundamental differences.
In L. Brennan and P. Murray, eds, Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives (London: Routledge): 347–365. Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B. (2015) ‘Trade and Investment Drivers: Qualifying the Type of Economic Integration in a Historical Perspective’, in L. Brennan and P. Murray, eds, Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives (London: Routledge): 215–232. Brennan, L. (2015) ‘International Business as a Driver of Regional Integration in Asia’, in L.