The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and the JCMS editors for their valuable comments.
The European Union as a Template for Regional Integration? The Case of ASEAN and Its Committee of Permanent Representatives†
Article first published online: 13 DEC 2012
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JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 522–537, May 2013
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Murray, P. and Moxon-Browne, E. (2013), The European Union as a Template for Regional Integration? The Case of ASEAN and Its Committee of Permanent Representatives. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 51: 522–537. doi: 10.1111/jcms.12008
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 13 DEC 2012
This article compares the decision-making structures of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with those of the European Union (EU). It asks whether the EU is an appropriate template for ASEAN or whether, given the apparently unique circumstances of European integration and Southeast Asian regionalism, analogies between the two are counterproductive. Attempts, for example, to model ASEAN's Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on the EU's Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) throw into relief the latter's uniquely consensual modus operandi. Can this consensus be replicated by ASEAN simply by institutional mimesis? First, the EU's evolution is briefly outlined; second, ASEAN's institutional architecture is set in the context of the ASEAN Charter's innovations that most invite comparison with the EU; and third, the two organizations are compared by assessing a ‘zone of discretion’ between setting ambitious, but realistic, goals for ASEAN's greater integration and adopting structures that might be inappropriate to ASEAN.