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Better a good neighbor than a distant friend: the scope and impact of regional security organizations

Dorussen, H and Kirchner, EJ (2014) 'Better a good neighbor than a distant friend: the scope and impact of regional security organizations.' International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 14 (1). pp. 117-146. ISSN 1470-482X

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Abstract

Under what conditions do regional security organizations (RSOs) take up a broader agenda or scope in security governance? Further, does broader scope matter for regional security? These questions are addressed using a quantitative comparative analysis of 25 RSOs over the period 1990-2009. Similarity among members in their capacities and political systems are identified as two central conditions for increased scope. In contrast, hegemony is not a significant factor. Institutionalization also seems to matter: RSOs that have been around longer and encompass more members are more successful in expanding their security agenda. There is only weak empirical support for the idea that RSOs with a broader scope have a stronger pacifying effect on regional security. The implications of these findings are discussed in greater detail for Asian RSOs, which have only limited scope and operate in comparatively high levels of insecurity. However, except from the legacy of conflict, variables identified in the general models apply similarly to Asia. © The author (2013). Published by Oxford University Press in association with the Japan Association of International Relations; all rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 11:37
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:57
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9564

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