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Power and regionalism in Latin America : the politics of MERCOSUR, Laura Gómez-Mera

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Power and regionalism in Latin America : the politics of MERCOSUR
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Power and regionalism in Latin America
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the politics of MERCOSUR
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Laura Gómez-Mera
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eng
Summary
In Power and Regionalism in Latin America: The Politics of MERCOSUR, Laura Gómez-Mera examines the erratic patterns of regional economic cooperation in the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), a political-economic agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and, recently, Venezuela that comprises the world's fourth-largest regional trade bloc. Despite a promising start in the early 1990s, MERCOSUR has had a tumultuous and conflict-ridden history. Yet it has survived, expanding in membership and institutional scope. What explains its survival, given a seemingly contradictory mix of conflict and cooperation? Through detailed empirical analyses of several key trade disputes between the bloc's two main partners, Argentina and Brazil, Gómez-Mera proposes an explanation that emphasizes the tension between and interplay of two sets of factors: power asymmetries within and beyond the region, and domestic-level politics. Member states share a common interest in preserving MERCOSUR as a vehicle for increasing the region's leverage in external negotiations. Gómez-Mera argues that while external vulnerability and overlapping power asymmetries have provided strong and consistent incentives for regional cooperation in the Southern Cone, the impact of these systemic forces on regional outcomes also has been crucially mediated by domestic political dynamics in the bloc's two main partners, Argentina and Brazil. Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, the unequal distribution of power within the bloc has had a positive effect on the sustainability of cooperation. Despite Brazil's reluctance to adopt a more active leadership role in the process of integration, its offensive strategic interests in the region have contributed to the durability of institutionalized collaboration. However, as Gómez-Mera demonstrates, the tension between Brazil's global and regional power aspirations has also added significantly to the bloc's ineffectiveness --
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1975-
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Gómez Mera, Maria Laura
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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From the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
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  • MERCOSUR (Organization)
  • Southern Cone of South America
  • South America
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Power and regionalism in Latin America : the politics of MERCOSUR, Laura Gómez-Mera
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-275) and index
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text
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Contents
Introduction -- Patterns of conflict and cooperation in the Southern Cone -- Systemic incentives, domestic constraints, and regional cooperation : a neoclassical realist approach -- The automobile sector crisis -- The footwear industry dispute -- Failure to relaunch : the 2001 conflict -- A narrow escape : toward a more flexible Mercosur -- Conclusions : power, domestic politics, and regional order
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FIEb17348110
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xviii, 286 pages
Isbn
9780268029852
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)821025218
Label
Power and regionalism in Latin America : the politics of MERCOSUR, Laura Gómez-Mera
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Patterns of conflict and cooperation in the Southern Cone -- Systemic incentives, domestic constraints, and regional cooperation : a neoclassical realist approach -- The automobile sector crisis -- The footwear industry dispute -- Failure to relaunch : the 2001 conflict -- A narrow escape : toward a more flexible Mercosur -- Conclusions : power, domestic politics, and regional order
Control code
FIEb17348110
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xviii, 286 pages
Isbn
9780268029852
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)821025218

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