Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date



Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Political Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nathan Griffith

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Explanations for the success of regional integration in Western Europe range from mutually beneficial economic and social effects to bargaining power and self-interest derived from domestic politics. While these theories provide a substantial explanation for the success of regional integration, that phenomenon has largely been confined to Western Europe. How do we explain the lack of integration outside that context? The legacy of having been a colony is one variable irrelevant to Western Europe, but important to explaining state behavior elsewhere. To assess the indirect influence that the colonial experience has on the success of regional integration, I use data from the World Values Survey (WVS 7) to compare the process of regional integration in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), European Union (EU), and African Union (AU).