Trans-Pacific Partnership versus Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: Control of Membership and Agenda Setting

Publication | January 2015

This paper argues that the formation of regional integration frameworks can be best understood as a dominant state’s attempt to create a preferred regional framework in which it can exercise exclusive influence.

In this context, it is important to observe not only which countries are included in a regional framework, but also which countries are excluded from it. This paper analyzes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) from two angles: (i) control of membership and (ii) control of agenda.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Pitfall of Balance-of-Power Theory
  • Analytical Framework: Quest for Exclusive Leadership
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  • Analysis of Strategies of Key Players
  • Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP)
  • Conclusion
  • References

Additional Details

  • Industry and trade
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • WPS147015-2
  • 2313-5999 (Print)
  • 2313-6006 (e-ISSN)

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