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Constructing Cohesion of Regional Integration on European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The integration of European states into European Union (EU) has proved that ideational
forces as well as material forces could generate a strong cohesion of regionalism. The
construction of this body of regionalism has brought several ideational and material benefits to
the members. However, the success story of EU does not necessarily mean that EU can be
considered as the best model for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This is
partly due to the differences on the objectives and development process of the two bodies of
regionalism.
This paper develops into three major parts. Firstly, it tries to understand how European
regional integration is socially constructed. Secondly, it examines whether construction of EU
organizational model can be adapted by ASEAN. Lastly, it tries to elaborate ideas of European
integration which can be transferred to the ideas sustaining the three pillars of ASEAN
Community: Economic, Security and Social-Cultural Community.
The study suggests that EU as a socially constructed region could not be the best model
for ASEAN, nevertheless, it can be an inspiration for the development of ASEAN. EU
integration lessons can inspire ASEAN in constructing interests, identities and behavior for the
cohesion of the body. Therefore, the ASEAN Community can be a structure like EU. It would be
able to organize actions constituted by collective meanings through discursive and
intersubjective understandings among the members. Using Constructivism as the main
framework of analysis, this study hence can enrich the study of regionalism particularly on the
study of EU and ASEAN.
Keywords: Constructivism, European Union (EU), Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN)




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