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Beyond Identity: Membership Norms and Regional Organisation

What is a region? What makes a state eligible for membership in a particular regional political community? Political scientist Daniel Thomas (Leiden University) argues that these questions are primarily decided within regional organisations, by member states’ governments, and by supranational actors deliberating over membership norms. These norms, and the incentives they create for those seeking to promote or block an applicant state, change over time. The evolution of the European Union’s membership norms since the 1950s illustrates this point.

Daniel Thomas
17 March 2016
European Journal of International Relations
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