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Sovereignty in the South
Intrusive Regionalism in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496797

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  • As international organisations gain greater power to monitor and manage the domestic affairs of their member states, the relationship between state sovereignty and international intervention becomes increasingly fraught. This book examines international rule-making in the Global South, tracing how the status of state sovereignty has evolved since decolonization. Coe argues that regional organizations flout the former norm of non-interference, becoming involved in the domestic affairs of their member states in Africa, Latin America, and (to a much lesser extent) Southeast Asia. In the name of democracy, human rights, and security, regional organizations increasingly assume jurisdiction over once off-limits domestic matters: they monitor elections and human rights and they respond to intrastate crises with mediation, fact-finding and sanctions. Coe explores the effects of democratization and economic crisis on regional institutions to explain the uneven development of 'intrusive regionalism' across the postcolonial world.

    • Uses the evolution of sovereignty practices over time to explain contemporary agency within the Global South
    • Examines a broad area, with case studies of regional groupings across Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia
    • A thematic approach allows for direct comparison between states in every chapter
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    Coe's Sovereignty in the South is an important contribution to the study of international and regional orders and the changing practices of sovereignty. For too long scholars of international relations have merely assumed that foundational norms such as sovereignty, smoothly diffused from the West to the rest. Coe shows how such conventional wisdoms must be overturned. By pointing to the historical topography that existed prior to the establishment of regional organizations, economic development, and democratization, Coe captures the critical change in and between regions regarding the practice of sovereignty.' Michael Barnett, George Washington University

    'Brooke Coe provides fresh insights on the development of regionalism in the global South, offering a compelling explanation for variation in the willingness of regional organizations to interfere in the affairs of sovereign states. In showing how differing histories and political and economic realities across Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia have generated varying degrees of 'intrusive regionalism' on issues of human rights, democracy, and security, Sovereignty in the South makes a valuable contribution to International Relations scholarship.' Luke Glanville, Australian National University

    'In this path-breaking macro-historical study, Brooke N. Coe establishes against the conventional wisdom that sovereignty-intruding regional institutions are not confined to the West, let alone Europe, but permeate the global South, too, particularly Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, she explains the variation in intrusive regionalism by emphasizing especially the role of historically embedded identities and community norms. A superb example of the newest comparative regionalism!' Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496797
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The uneven rise of intrusive regionalism
    2. Macronationalism and the discursive foundations of regionalism in the Global South
    3. Contested sovereignty norms and the erosion of non-interference
    4. The role of regime type
    5. The role of economic performance

  • Author

    Brooke N. Coe, Oklahoma State University
    Brooke N. Coe is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University. She previously taught at Stetson University and Wake Forest University, and has held predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellowships at Georgetown University and the Freie Universität Berlin. Coe received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2015.

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