Power and Regionalism in Latin America
The Politics of MERCOSUR
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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This book is the culmination of almost a decade of research and work on the political economy of MERCOSUR and Argentine- Brazilian rela-tions. Over the course of this project, I have benefited from the support of a large number of people and academic institutions in the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. I am particularly ...
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How should we think about world politics after the end of the cold war, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, after the September 11 attacks, with the onset of the War on terror? My answer is simple: ours is a Regions have gained centrality in the postâSeptember 11 international system. As a result, students of international and comparative politics ...
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A puzzling combination of conflict and cooperation has characterized Argentine- Brazilian commercial and diplomatic relations since the 1990s. What explains these erratic and unsteady dynamics of regional cooperation? In answering this question, we will consider four compet-ing theoretical approaches to regional cooperation, which focus, respec-...
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This chapter presents a theoretical framework that explains the erratic pat-terns of conflict and cooperation characterizing the evolution of regional-ism in the Southern Cone. In line with neoclassical realist explanations in International Relations (IR), the approach developed here emphasizes the complex ways in which systemic incentives and domestic political ...
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The automobile sector has been a recurrent source of commercial friction between Argentina and Brazil since the creation of MERCOSUR. In 1991, the car industry was excluded from the program of automatic tariff liberalization established by the Treaty of AsunciÃ³n and placed under a special regime of managed trade. Four years later, when MERCOSUR ...
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The devaluation of the Brazilian currency in January 1999 marked the beginning of a highly conflictive period in the Southern Cone. For the next year and a half, Argentina and Brazil were almost continuously involved in commercial disputes, triggered by recurrent unilateral restric-tions on intraregional trade. The highest peak of tension between the ...
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After more than a year of ongoing tension, Brazil and Argentina agreed in 2000 to ârelaunchâ MERCOSUR. Together with their two smaller partners, Uruguay and Paraguay, they pledged to work jointly in the reso-lution of sectoral disputes and in the completion of the customs union. Yet in the first quarter of 2001 commercial and diplomatic friction ...
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Despite seemingly improved prospects for regional cooperation, com-mercial tension between Argentina and Brazil resurfaced after 2003, in the aftermath of the Argentine crisis. During this period, however, approach in dealing with trade friction. Instead of automatically resort-ing to unilateral measures as frequently as they did in the 1990s, they ...
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In previous chapters, I have argued that the erratic and unstable patterns of regional cooperation in the Southern Cone have reflected the tension and interaction between systemic power- related incentives and domestic political factors. MERCOSURâs evolution and survival have been shaped in important ways by overlapping asymmetries of power within and ...
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 8 line drawings; 25 tables
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: ND Kellogg Inst Int'l Studies
Series Editor Byline: Scott Mainwaring, series editor