This interdisciplinary edited volume explores the political economy of regionalism in Latin America. It identifies convergent forces which have existed in the region since its very conception and analyses these dynamics in their different historical, geographic and structural contexts. Particular attention is paid to key countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, as well as subregions like the Southern Cone and Central America.
To understand the resilience of regionalism in Latin America, this book proposes to highlight four main issues. Firstly, that resilience is linked to mechanisms of self-enforcement that are part of the accumulation of experiences, institution building and common cultural features described in this book as regionalist acquis. Secondly, the elements and driving forces behind the promotion and expression of the regionalist acquis are influenced and shaped by nested systems in which social processes are inserted. Thirdly, when looking at systems, there is a particular influence by national and global ones, which condition the form and endurance of regional projects. Finally, beyond systems, the book highlights the relevance of agents as crucial players in the shaping of the resilience of regionalism in Latin America.
This insightful collection will appeal to advanced students and researchers in international economics, international relations, international political economy, economic history and Latin American studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction José Briceño Ruiz and Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano 2. Resilience and Acquis in Latin American Regionalism José Briceño Ruiz and Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano 3. The Brazilian Project(s) for South American Integration Carlos Eduardo Vidigal 4. The Military and Latin American Integration Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano 5. The Catholic Church and “Latinoamercanization”: Ecclesial Disorganization and Reorganization in the 19th and 20th Century in Latin America Ramiro Podetti 6. The Role of the Diplomats and Technocrats in Regional Integration Processes in Latin America José Briceño Ruiz, María Antonia Correa Y Enrique Catalán 7. The Catholic Church and the Resilience of Regionalism Giovanni Molano and Rita Giacalone 8. The Central American Resilient Regionalism: Agency and Mental Maps Kevin Parthenay 9. Conclusions José Briceño Ruiz and Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano
José Briceño-Ruiz is Professor at the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano is Associate Professor in Economic History and Director of the Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.