The volume presents a series of interlinked reflections on the possibilities and problems of emergent forms of regional cooperation in South East Europe (SEE). Taking diverse themes such as: the economy, crime, borders, culture, and civil society, authors explore some of the facets of “open regionalism”, consisting of multi-actor, multi-level and multi-scalar processes producing a complex geometry of interlocking networks. The book situates “new regionalism” in SEE in the historical context of the legacies of Yugoslavia and the wars of the Yugoslav succession. Contemporary processes of Europeanisation in relation to SEE are also examined as complex, contingent and radically unfinished. The book seeks to move beyond the constraints of objectivist notions of regionalism as consisting of sets of relations between sovereign nation states, to address complex constructions of meaning and place.
With contributions from: Giorgio Andrian; Dimitar Bechev; Bojan Bilic; Fabrizio Coticchia; Ana Devic; Eric Gordy; Claudia Rose; Christophe Solioz; Francesco Strazzari ; Paul Stubbs; Nada Svob-Djokic.
Paul Stubbs, researcher based at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Christophe Solioz currently Secretary General of the Center for European Integration Strategies (CEIS)