Dr. Johannes Muntschick


Georg Forster-Building
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
55128 Mainz

Room: 04-317
Phone: 06131-39-29298
Email: muntschick@uni-mainz.de
Office hours in semester holidays: cancelled; you may contact my by email


Current term

Sem (MA/MA-EU/MEd) Regionalism and the EU

Dr. Johannes Muntschick

Shortname: Sem EU

Recommended reading list

• Börzel, T. A. & Risse, T. [eds.], 2016: Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
• Krapohl, S. [ed.], 2016: Regional Integration in the Global South. External Influence on Economic Cooperation in ASEAN, Mercosur and SADC. Cham: Palgrave.
• Ravenhill, J., 2008: Regionalism. In: Ravenhill, J. [ed.]: Global Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 172-210.
• Spragia, A., 2008: Review Article: Comparative Regionalism: What Might It Be? In: Journal of Common Market Studies, 46:1: 29-49.
• Söderbaum, F., 2016: Rethinking Regionalism. London: Palgrave. 
• Warleigh-Lack, A., 2015: Differentiated integration in the European Union: towards a comparative regionalism perspective. In: Journal of European Public Policy, 22:6. 871-887.


Since the end of the Cold War and in the course of an increasing globalisation, we observe a mushrooming of new and renewed regionalisms in virtually all parts of the world – particularly in the global South. There is evidence that globalisation contributes to the fact that a growing number of challenges and cooperation problems in international relations go beyond the sphere of influence of individual nation states. These challenges demand coordinated and cooperative international action in order to facilitate and achieve mutually beneficial solutions for all countries involved. This is where international institutions come into play and can make a difference. On regional level, many countries in many different parts of the world pushed regionalism and regional organisations forward in order to master these cooperation problems and engage in regional block-building to better face the challenges of globalisation. The latest wave of new regionalism gives evidence of this phenomenon in international relations.

Quite often, at least in the academic debate, the European Union (EU) is seen as political construct ‘sui generis’ that acts as natural origin and role model for global regionalism. We observe several regionalisms in other parts of the globe where countries cooperate in a variety of issue areas (economy, security, infrastructure etc.) more or less successfully. We observe institutional dynamics – and have evidence for paralysis, symbolism or even failure. Some regional organisations remind very much of the EU with regard to their institutional design and organisational structure. This gives rise to the impression that the EU as an external actor could have unfolded an impact and influence on the emergence and institutional design of such regionalisms. Apart from that, some regionalisms seem to prosper in the ‘shadow’ of regional hegemons who are of key importance for the success and development of regional integration projects.

The seminar is dedicated to global regionalism and aims to analyse, explain and compare the emergence, institutional design and performance (effectiveness) of regionalism in different parts of the world. Empirical examples and case studies include regional organisations from all continents, i.e. America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The alleged role model of the EU can act as bench mark for comparison although the seminar’s academic approach to the study of ‘regionalism’ is certainly not euro-centric.
In the first part of the course, students will gain knowledge about theories of regional cooperation and integration, international institutions and (policy) diffusion. This includes the latest research on new regionalism and regionalism in comparison. In the second part of the course, empirical case study research shall be in the focus and students learn to analyse and explain regionalism based on specific regional organisations. This includes critical assessment of the functionality and performance of regional integration projects. Against this background, the role and impact of regional hegemons as well as the EU as external actor shall be scrutinised.

Requirements / organisational issues

Organizational issues:
- Attendance in class is obligatory
- Task assignment and presentation


Date (Day of the week)TimeLocation
04/15/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
04/29/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
05/06/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
05/13/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
05/20/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
05/27/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
06/03/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
06/17/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
06/24/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
07/01/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)
07/08/2019 (Monday)18.15 to 19.4502 611 Seminarraum
1137 - Georg-Forster-Gebäude (Sowi)

Semester: SoSe 2020

At the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz:

At the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg:

Research Interests

• Theories of international relations

• International institutions and organisations

• Regional Integration in Europe and beyond, Regionalism and external Influence (focus: Global South)

• Fragile states, transnational conflicts and war economies

• Sub-Saharan Africa

• Foreign Policy and Security

Current Research

• Pilot research project "Externally fuelled (regional) governance as instrument for sovereignty- and capacity-building in weak states in the South" (supported by internal research funding of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

• Research project on "National Policies and International Cooperation in global refugee crises" together with Dr. Natascha Zaun (LSE) and Dr. Mario Scharfbillig (EU Commission)

• Theory-building and empirical research under the topic "Regionalism in the Global South in Comparative Perspective"; the research focus is on the analysis of the (ambivalent) influence of regional key countries as well as extra-regional actors on the development and effectiveness of regional integration in the Global South.

• Theory-building in the thematic field "regionalism and external influence"

• Overlapping regionalism in Southern Africa (SADC, SACU, COMESA)

Research Project (Completed)

Dissertation thesis – Title: „Regionalism and External Influence: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the ambivalent Impact of the EU on Regional Integration“

Supervisor: Prof. T. Gehring, Prof. R. Zohlnhöfer and Prof. R. Münch

The PhD-thesis addressed from a political science’s perspective the question why states in southern Africa engage in regional cooperation and integration within the framework of the “Southern African Development Community” (SADC). This included research on the reasons for regional institution-building and finding explanations for the dynamics of the process of regional integration in SADC’s major policy/issue areas. The theory-driven analysis is based on cooperation theory in general and a slightly modified situation-structural approach (Zürn) in particular. The empirical work focussed on SADC’s most important policy areas and covered five case studies on institutionalised economic, security and infrastructure cooperation. Against the underlying structure of problematic situations in international relations, the thesis argues that not only aspects of intra-regional interdependence but furthermore extra-regional relations to external actors had a strong impact on SADC states’ preferences and their action in the regional integration process. This approach extends the scope of many 'mainstream' and Euro-centric integration theories because it takes the potential influence of external actors on a regional integration project in the Global South explicitly into account. The analysis came to the conclusion that not only the impact of the regional power South Africa but as well the influence of the region's most important (extra-regional) trading partners and donors – especially the EU – is of central relevance for the (future) success of this promising regional organisation.


Curriculum Vitae

• 04/2011 – today: Lecturer and research fellow at the Department of Political Science (International Politics) at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Coordinator of the Trinational MA "European Studies" (Europa Master) from 04/2011 – 04/2015

• 2015 – 2018: Research Fellow in the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and TU Darmstadt

• 10/2017-03/2018: Contract lecturer at the Professorship of Comparative Public Policy (Prof. Thomas Rixen) at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• 09/2017: Guest Researcher at the 'School of Global Studies' at the University Gothenburg, Sweden

• 04/2017 – 09/2017: Deputy professorship of the Juniorprofesur for International and European Politics at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• 11/2015: Doctorate in Political Science (International Relations)

• 10/2007 – 04/2011: Contract lecturer at the Chair of International Relations at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Field research in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia (in 2007, 2008, 2010)

• 06/2007 – 12/2012: Member of the DFG Graduate College “Markets and Social Systems in Europe“ at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Degrees in Political Science (Diplom) and teaching profession (1. Staatsexamen) for Gymnasium (German/History/Social Science) at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Military service


Awards and scholarships

06/2007 – 06/2010: Doctoral Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as member of the DFG-Graduate College “Markets and Social Systems in Europe” at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

Scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for:

  • a semester abroad at the University of Namibia
  • field research for the degree thesis in Namibia
  • field research for the PhD thesis in South Africa and Botswana
  • congress in Cambridge, UK
  • congress in Brussels, Belgium
  • congress in Atlanta, USA
  • congress in San Francisco, USA


Memberships / Activities

• German Political Science Association (DVPW), Section “International Relations“

• University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

• International Studies Association (ISA)

• European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA)

• German-Namibian Society e.V.

• Alumni Netzwerk Subsahara Afrika (ANSA) e.V.

• Contact member of the DAAD-Freundeskreis e.V. in Bamberg

• Bamberger Absolventen des Diplomstudiengangs Politikwissenschaft BAD e.V.




Muntschick, J. (2018): "The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU). Regionalism and External Influence." Cham: Palgrave.


Journals and Books (peer reviewed)

Muntschick, J. (ed.) (accepted for publication): New Regionalism and External Partnerships in the Global South. Cham: Palgrave.

Muntschick. J. (2016): "SADC – Extra-Regional Trade Relations Constrain Deeper Market Integration", In: Krapohl, S. (Ed.): Regional Integration in the Global South: External Influence on Economic Cooperation in ASEAN, MERCOSUR and SADC. Cham: Palgrave. 179-207.

Muntschick, J. with Krapohl, S. and Meissner, K. (2014): “Regional Powers as Leaders or Rambos? The Ambivalent Behaviour of Brazil and South Africa in Regional Economic Integration”, In: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52:4, 879-895.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Regionalismus und Externer Einfluss: Stört die Europäische Union die Regionale Marktintegration im Südlichen Afrika?”, In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 54:4, 686-713.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Regional Energy Cooperation in SADC: Is the Southern African Power Pool currently powered by External Funding?”, In: du Pisani, A., Erasmus, G. und Hartzenberg, T. (Eds.): Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa. Yearbook 2012. Stellenbosch: Trade Law Centre (tralac). 113-137.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Explaining the influence of extra-regional actors on regional economic integration in Southern Africa: the EU’s interfering impact on SADC and SACU”, In: Lorenz-Carl, U. and Rempe, M. (Eds.): Mapping Agency. Comparing Regionalisms in Africa. Farnham: Ashgate. 77-95.

Muntschick, J. (2010): “Offene Kriegsökonomien als Triebfedern fürlanganhaltende Bürgerkriege in Entwicklungsländern: Von Coltan und Blutdiamanten in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo und in Liberia“, In: Friedenswarte, 85, 1-2, 73-89.

Muntschick, J. (2008): “The ‘Great War’ in Liberia as a Classic Example for Persistent Armed Conflict and War Economies in Africa”, In: Colombia Internacional, No. 67, 38-59.


Other Publications in Journals and Edited volumes

Muntschick, J. (2017): „The Impact of Regionalism on Democracy Building: An examination of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)”. In: Ngwainmbi, E. K. (Ed.): Citizenship, Democracies, and Media Engagement among Emerging Economies and Marginalized Communities. Cham: Palgrave. 55-80.

Book Review "Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations. Patching Together a Global Script", edited by Tanja A. Börzel and Vera van Hüllen (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2016). Volume 54, Number 5. 1253.

Book Review “Rescaling the European State – The Making of Territory and the Rise of the Meso” by M. Keating (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2015). Volume 53, Number 3. 697-698.

Book Review "The European Union and Interregionalism: Patterns of Engagement" by M. Doidge (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2012). Volume 50, Number 5. 856.

Muntschick, J. mit Krapohl, S. (2009): "Two Logics of Regionalism: The Importance of Interdependence and External Support for Regional Integration in Southern Africa". In: Kaunda, J. M. & Zizhou, F. (Eds.): Furthering Southern African Integration. Proceedings of the 2008 FOPRISA Annual Conference. Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis. Gaborone, 2009. 3-17.

Muntschick, J. (2005): “Internationale Kooperation bei der Terrorbekämpfung”, In: Derlien, H.-U., Frank, S., Lang, F. (Eds.): Terrorismus und Terrorismusbekämpfung. OPUS Bamberg. 203-224. (urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus-734). http://www.opus-bayern.de/uni-bamberg/volltexte/2005/73/


Selected Conference- and Working Papers

Muntschick, J. (2016): “Regionalism and External Influence: A situation-structural Approch on the Examples of the SADC and Europe“. Paper presented at the 56th UACES Annual Conference in London, September 2016.

Muntschick, J. (2016): “Inter-regional EU-Africa Relations: Strengthening National State Capacity by Supporting Regionalism in the South?“. Paper presented at the 56th UACES Annual Conference in London, September 2016.

Muntschick, J. (2016): “Fostering Peace and Triggering Conflict: The Ambivalent Impact of Extra-Regional Actors on Regionalism“. Paper presented at the 57th ISA Annual Convention ‚Exploring Peace’ in Atlanta, March 2016.

Muntschick, J. (2015): “Who sets the Pace? The Influence of South Africa and the EU on Regional Security Cooperation in SADC on the Example of the SADC Standby Force“. Paper presented at the DVPW-Conference ,World Regions Compared: Polity, Politics and Policy’ at the GIGA in Hamburg, February 2015.

Muntschick, J. (2014): “The EU and Regional Integration Organsiations in Africa: Feeding Institutional Chimaeras and Ruling State Elites?“ Paper presented at the Conference ,The European Union in International Affairs IV’ in Brussels, May 2014.

Muntschick, J. (2014): “Overlapping Regionalisms and the Games Member States Play: An Observation of Southern Africa“. Paper presented at the KFG-Conference ,Dealing with Overlapping Regionalism: Complementary or Competitive Strategies’ in Berlin, May 2014.

Muntschick, J. (2012): “Theorising Regionalism and External Influence: A Situation-structural Approach“. Mainz Papers on International and European Politics, 2012/02. Mainz:
Chair of International Relations, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.