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The European Union and the ''making'' of South American regionalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2009 (English)In: The EU and world regionalism: the makability of regions in the 21st century, Farnham: Ashgate, 2009, 101-113 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to analyse the impact of EU involvement on the ‘makability’ of regions in South America, with particular focus on EU's interaction with the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), and the Andean Community (AC). The idea of ‘makability’ is closely related to the concept of region and its process of construction. For some specialists, a region is an ‘imagined community’, socially constructed from below. Regions can also be described as zones ‘based on groups, states or territories whose member shared some identifiable traits’ , or as a creation of political powers. The issue of whether a region can be ‘made’ by an external actor, cannot be rejected During the Cold War, for example, state power helped to shape regionalism for security reasons (Katzenstein, 2005: 22). One example was the US's commitment to create the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) or the Organisation of American States (OAS). Another case is the Soviet Unions' promotion of security and economic regional entities in Eastern Europe. Yet, reality is changing in the current multipolar and globalised world, where the rise of regional powers can be seen as the other side of decline of US hegemony. In this context, it is still not clear how an external actor, such as the EU, would help in the construction of   regional integration in other parts of the world.

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Farnham: Ashgate, 2009. 101-113 p.
, The international political economy of new regionalisms series
Keyword [en]
Regionalization, European Union, Latin America, integration, Mercosur, Andean Region
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Economic Geography Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
History; Economic History; History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31135ISBN: 9780754679295ISBN: 9780754698340OAI: diva2:275472
Available from: 2009-11-05 Created: 2009-11-05 Last updated: 2014-09-23Bibliographically approved

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