Origins of Mercosur: Democracy and Regionalization in South America

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The processes of democratization and regionalization in South America ran parallel to one another between 1985 and 1991. However, the nature of this relationship has been historically ambiguous. This book explores the diplomatic history of the formation of Mercosur and analyzes the precise place of democracy in the process. At the methodological level, a combination of hitherto unexamined documents and extensive interview material makes for a novel oral history approach to diplomatic studies. At the theoretical ...

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Overview

The processes of democratization and regionalization in South America ran parallel to one another between 1985 and 1991. However, the nature of this relationship has been historically ambiguous. This book explores the diplomatic history of the formation of Mercosur and analyzes the precise place of democracy in the process. At the methodological level, a combination of hitherto unexamined documents and extensive interview material makes for a novel oral history approach to diplomatic studies. At the theoretical level, a melding of cognitive approaches to foreign policy making and realist theory of international relations provides a nuanced but systematic explanation of events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230613133
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gian Luca Gardini is Lecturer in International Relations and Latin American Politics at the University of Bath where he is also Deputy-Director of the European Research Institute and Coordinator of the Bath Latin American Network. He is the author of the book Latin America in the 21st Century.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Diplomatic Investigations and Historical Analysis

Chapter 1 Argentine-Brazilian Relations in Historical Perspective: From Ambivalence to Solidarity 17

Chapter 2 The Genesis of the Argentine-Brazilian Bilateral Integration (1983-1986) 41

Chapter 3 The Genesis of Mercosur (1986-1991) 73

Part II Political Investigations and Theoretical Analysis

Chapter 4 Domestic Institutional Setting and Regionalization 105

Chapter 5 Government-Business Relations in the Construction of Mercosur 129

Chapter 6 Democracy as a Foundational Idea of Integration 149

Conclusion 175

Epilogue 189

Appendices 195

Notes 209

Bibliography 241

Index 261

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