Regional identity building without liberal Democracy: the case of the ASEAN Community

Dang, Thi Thu Huong (2011) Regional identity building without liberal Democracy: the case of the ASEAN Community. Tesi di Dottorato, LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Political Science > PhD Program in Political Theory (english language), tutor: Sebastiano Maffettone and Raffaele Marchetti, p. 141. [Doctoral Thesis]

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Here and there in the world, states have gathered to build regional communities of countries, such as the European Union and the ASEAN Community. These communities have changed or have the potential to change their regions’ politics, economy and society significantly, not to mention the far-reaching impacts they have made or have the potential to make outside their borders. This dissertation will try to develop a conceptual framework of regional identity of the people in a regional community of countries, which includes its conceptualization, as well as the reasons why and how it is built. Regional identity of the people, I argue, is the prerequisite for the existence of a regional community of people. Its defining essence is a shared identification of participating actors with the collectivity which is acknowledged by others. It originates from the expectation and/or belief of the inhabitants that by being a member, their individual needs, especially basic survival needs and shared values are better fulfilled and promoted, and the experience as well as interaction they have when participating in community building. The next focus is on the examination of regional identity building with and without liberal democracy. The findings show that among non-democracy, illiberal democracy and liberal democracy, the last is most suited to the building of a regional identity of the people. At most, non-democracy helps build a regional identity of the governing elite and that of the states, not a regional identity of the people which is, however, facilitated by liberal democracy. The next part of the dissertation is a case study of regional community building without liberal democracy. It examines the ASEAN Community, which consists of 10 countries that are governed by illiberal democratic and non-democratic states.


Bibliographic References: pp. 129-141.

Item Type: Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Research documents and activity classification: LUISS PhD Thesis
Divisions: Department of Political Science > PhD Program in Political Theory (english language)
Thesis Advisor: Maffettone, Sebastiano and Marchetti, Raffaele
Additional Information: Dottorato di ricerca in Teoria politica (XXII ciclo), LUISS Guido Carli, Roma, 2011. Relatori: Prof. Sebastiano Maffettone, Prof. Raffaele Marchetti.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional Communities of Countries. Regional identity. Liberal Democracy. Illiberal Democracy. Non-democracy. ASEAN Community. Southeast Asian Regionalism.
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 14 - Political and Social Sciences > SPS/01 Political Philosophy
Deposited by: Chiara Annulli (admin)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2011 11:58
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 00:14


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