The Southern Cone Model: The Political Economy of Regional Capitalist Development in Latin America, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Southern Cone Model

The Political Economy of Regional Capitalist Development in Latin America, 1st Edition

By Nicola Phillips


328 pages

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Developing an original blend of perspectives from the fields of international and comparative political economy, this book presents an innovative and in-depth account of the contemporary political economy of the southern cone of Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

It identifies a new and distinctive model of regional capitalist development emerging in the southern cone and a complex relationship with both the global political economy and the five distinctive national political economies in the region. Ranging across the contours of labour, business, states and regionalist processes, Phillips assesses the significance of the Southern Cone Model for the ways in which we understand contemporary capitalist development at both national and transnational levels.


'Nicola Phillips's book is a significant contribution, both in theoretical and empirical terms, not only to the fields of IPE and CPE, but also to the sub-fields of regionalism and development. Scholars and students alike will benefit greatly from reading this work.' - International Affairs

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction

Part Two: The contours of Southern Cone development

Part Three: The emerging regional political economy

Part Four: Conclusion

About the Author

Nicola Phillips is currently Hallsworth Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research and teaching interests fall broadly in the field of International Political Economy and development, with a regional specialisation in the political economy of the Americas. She is co-editor, most recently, of New Regionalisms in the Global Political Economy: Theories and Cases (Routledge, 2003)

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security