In 2013, the article „Different Paths of Regional Integration: Trade Networks and Regional Institution-Building in Europe, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa“ by Sebastian Krapohl and me will be published in the Journal of Common Market Studies. Major argument of the article is that the economic structures underlying regional integration projects strongly determine the institutional development of the project.
The article contains visualizations of trade networks underlying the EU, ASEAN and SADC. However, for publication on paper, we had to restrict the visualizations to a small number of time points. If you are interested in the networks for all time points, you can watch or download movies of our dynamic network visualizations (we used the dynamic layout algorithms offered by visone). You may watch the movies in your browser, but we recommend downloading them for better quality (you find the download button at the top right corner). Alternatively, you can download jpegs for all time points as zip-files.
As a robustness check for our analysis of ASEAN, we have also visualized how the ASEAN trade networks look like if we conceive of the ASEAN+3 countries (China, Japan, South Korea) as members of the regional integration project. This makes the ASEAN networks more similar to the economic structures underlying, e.g., the EU.
Additionally, we have created movies and graphs visualizing the trade networks underlying NAFTA and MERCOSUR.