South Asia has not been a pervading metaphor and or a performative
jubilation of regionalism, much in the manner in which Southeast Asia has been
and it still attributed with an enthusiastic approval of.
Within this article, we attempt to render a theoretical correlated symmetry
between South Asian regionalism, on the one hand, and the creeds of New
Institutionalism, on the other hand, from the cusp of an analysis of the institutional
management of SAARC- the regional organization of South Asia.
The central hypothesis of the article is that some overtones of matching can
be derived from this theoretical encounter, in terms of the assessment of
The secondary hypothesis of the paper is that the weak force of regionalism
interrupts the array of other stimulating debates regarding the predictability of
alteration of regionalism within South Asia, through the industriousness of the
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The methodological research
design of the paper is deductive, focused on theory-testing and on the deciphering
of contingent possible inferring room for construing and innovations.
Keywords: new institutionalism, South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation, regionalism, path-dependency, organizational culture, decision
reversal, inter-governmentalism, supra-nationalism