Regionalization of the World

Comparing Regional Integrations

SCIENCES - The World in its Divisions by Clarisse Didelon-Loiseau

Regionalization of the World

Edited by

Pierre Beckouche, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
Yann Richard, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

ISBN : 9781789451580

Publication Date : May 2024

Hardcover 306 pp

165.00 USD



On the world map, macro-regions or global regions have gradually emerged, with varying degrees of success and following different trajectories. The authors of this book attempt to determine whether, within the context of globalization, these macro-regions have become an additional level in the spatial deployment of numerous actors, and whether they have come to stand between the national and global levels.

This question has arisen because the increasing scales of trade, environmental problems, migration routes, energy distribution, the construction of major infrastructures etc. transcend national boundaries and are leading states to implement macro-regional cooperation.

The authors ask whether these large regional groupings are becoming genuine territories and are the fruit of in-depth regional integration – economic, institutional, legal, normative, political, cultural and in terms of identity. If so, these global regions would therefore become referents that make sense and take root in social representations.


1. From Regional Geography to the Geography of Regionalization, Pierre Beckouche and Yann Richard.
2. The Regionalization of Migration, Camille Schmoll.
3. Energy Supply: Comparison of Regional Experiences, Angélique Palle.
4. Transport Systems and Regional Integration, Antoine Beyer.
5. The Regionalization–Globalization Pair: A Reading of the Evolution of World Trade, Gilles Van Hamme.
6. Stock Market Activity and the Regionalization Process, Maude Sainteville.
7. The Runet, a Region of Cyberspace? Kevin Limonier.
8. Security Regions: A Heterogeneous World Between Conflicts and Cooperation, Emmanuel Chauvin.
9. African Integration in All Its Forms, Géraud Magrin and Olivier Ninot.
10. Europe, a Geographical Puzzle (A), Etienne Toureille, Antoine Laporte and Claude Grasland.
11. Three Exercises in the Regionalization of Europe, Antoine Laporte, Etienne Toureille and Claude Grasland.
12. The Arctic, a (Macro)Region under Construction? Camille Escudé and Frédéric Lasserre.
13. North America: An Asymmetric Regional Integration, Christian Girault.
14. Latin American Integrations, Sébastien Velut.
15. The People’s Republic of China: Regional Pre-eminence as a Mirror of its Global Power, Thierry Sanjuan and Karine Henriot.
16. Southeast Asia, a Region? Nathalie Fau.

About the authors/editors

Pierre Beckouche is Professor of Geography at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. His research focuses on economic geography, the regionalization of globalization and trans-Mediterranean relations. He has chaired the Scientific Council of the GIS “Collège International des Sciences du Territoire”.

Yann Richard is Professor of Geography at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. His research focuses on the spatial dynamics of the margins of the former USSR, regional integration, the European Union, and war as part of the Sorbonne War Studies project.