Neofunctionalism Revisited in the Light of Eastern Enlargement:With Comparative References to the East Asian Integration

Lin Xi
March 2012
Fudan Journal of the Humanities & Social Sciences;Mar2012, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
This paper revisits neofunctionalism, the theory that was once popular for explicating the experiences of European integration. As it fell out of favor in the late 20th century, few efforts have been made to re-appreciate the value of this theoretical account in shedding light on the integration processes both in Europe and elsewhere. This paper re-examines neofunctionalism through its core concept, namely "spillover," from which to draw comparative references on the East Asian integration. A refinement of the theory, so it concludes, will be essential for us to re-evaluate the theoretical implications of neofunctionalism for today's world.


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