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Regional cooperation and the provision of regional and global public goods

Författare och institution:
Björn Hettne (Institutionen för freds- och utvecklingsforskning); Fredrik Söderbaum (Institutionen för freds- och utvecklingsforskning)
Antal sidor:
54 pp., 484 KB
UNU Panel on 'Competition and Complementarity between Global and Regional Public Goods'
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This study explores the usefulness of regional cooperation in providing regional and global public goods, with a core focus on six issue areas: trade, knowledge, peace and security, financial stability, environment and communicable diseases. As a start, a framework is developed that inter alia underlines the need to distinguish between different types of regional cooperation mechanisms, that effectiveness and sustainability of regional cooperation is contextually specific, but also dependent on institutions as well as the type of public goods to be achieved. The framework is then applied to the six issue areas and it is shown that a coherent way of dealing with these issue areas could constitute a global public policy, that they are interlinked and mutually supportive, that the contributions from regional cooperation are essential, that the underlying institutional structure for regional cooperation is uneven and underdeveloped, and that specific policy measures must be taken in each of the six issue areas. The overall policy recommendation is that the comparative advantage of regional cooperation differs from one issue area to another, but that in most issue areas where public goods are underprovided there is a specific role for regional cooperation within an integrated multilevel and multi-tiered approach. In some issue areas where there are predominantly winwin solutions, such as control of communicable diseases, environmental protection and knowledge formation, the institutional design is simply one of more or less effectiveness, and those institutions that are lacking must be created or reformed. In more politicized issue areas, such as security, trade or financial stability, there may be policy incompatibilities between the three levels, incompatibilities that have to be removed or at least reduced through a political process.
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Freds- och utvecklingsforskning
regional cooperation, regionalism, public goods, trade, peace and security, environment, communicable diseases
Ytterligare information:
For the seminar on 'Competition and complementarity between global and regional public goods', UN New York, 13 May 2005. The authors are affiliated to the UNU-CRIS (United Nations University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies), Bruges Belgium. This study builds on an earlier report for the French-Swedish International Task Force for Global Public Goods. (See GUP 36735; and also GUP 36812)
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2007-02-21 12:23
Posten ändrad:
2008-11-25 11:50

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