Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (REIGOs) have increased in number and importance since World War II and have assumed critical roles in both the ecomic and the political realms. Indeed, it is difficult-if t impossible-to discuss current ecomic issues without referring to the European Ecomic Community or the North American Free Trade Area. Similiarly, political REIGOs, such as NATO, the European Council, and the Organization of American States, are aggressively working to maintain peace and stability on a global scale. In the present volume, sociologist James Hawdon offers a vel approach to understanding the proliferation of these relatively new but increasingly important actors on the world stage.
JAMES HAWDON is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Clemson University.