This paper examines the nature of the relationship between sub-regionalism and regionalism within the Pacific island region. The questions I consider are:
What is the nature of regionalism in the Pacific and how has it changed over time?
How can we expect regional and sub-regional groupings to develop and perform with reference to expected future changes?
Why is it so difficult to engender political buy-in for regional and sub-regional groupings and activities?
How has France as a Pacific power contributed to the current state of (sub)-regionalism and how might this change in the future?
Elsewhere, this discussion is grounded firmly in terms of economic development stemming from the belief (and in some quarters this is essentially an article of faith) that the only feasible path to meaningful growth is through increased integration. My position is much more focused on historical and political economy factors, essentially as a complement to the economic scans presented by others.
I begin ...