This introductory chapter begins with an overview of the regionalism debate in the light of a rising globalization of the production process. It argues that depending on their design, preferential trade arrangements have the power to boost or hamper the development of ‘regional production networks’ and rules of origin are a key element. The theory of rules of origin (ROO) is briefly recalled and introduces a short presentation of the four parts of the book: theoretical perspectives, the complexity of ROO, ROO and special interests, and measuring their impacts.
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