This book began its life as a set of papers presented to a workshop in the Joint Sessions of the European Consortium of Political Research held in Madrid in April 1994. Several of the chapters appeared subsequently in a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy in August 1995. Noting the growing importance of the interrelationship between globalization and regionalism, the editors sought out several other papers to provide depth to the special issue. The contributions by Yves Dezalay, Richard Stubbs, and Diana Tussie serve this purpose. In addition, Richard Higgott provided a new paper that built on his earlier work, but extended considerably the comparison of European integration and Asia-Pacific regionalism. All of the remaining chapters were updated and revised by the authors.
This volume would never have seen the light of day if it had not been for the European Consortium for Political Research and its welcome practice of inviting proposals for workshops around defined themes. This practice frequently has the fortunate result of bringing together a diverse group of scholars who are interested in a set of problems but approach these problems from various perspectives. This workshop brought together specialists in international relations, comparative public policy, and European politics from both sides of the Atlantic. The intellectual exchange and generous Spanish brandies in the evening helped create a constructive atmosphere for further research and writing. The editors wish to acknowledge the contributions of all of the workshop participants and to thank the contributors to the volume for their willingness to participate in this exercise.