The constructivist promise and regional integration: an answer to 'old' and 'new' puzzles. The South American case
Fabbri, Claudia M. (2005) The constructivist promise and regional integration: an answer to 'old' and 'new' puzzles. The South American case. Working Paper. University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Coventry.
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The revival of regionalism represents an important trend in world politics. In this light, scholars of ‘new’ regionalism have called for the adoption of the ‘new regionalism approach’ (NRA) in order to capture the multidimensionality of a phenomenon viewed as qualitatively different from ‘old’ regionalism, transcend dominant theories of regional integration, and provide an interdisciplinary approach. However, while contemporary regionalism may indeed display new characteristics, the adoption of the NRA to understand regionalism is unwarranted. This paper argues rather that scholars concerned with the study of regionalism should turn their attention to the insights of social constructivism. Indeed, constructivism can help us move beyond the artificial old/new dichotomy and understand the puzzles surrounding both the emergence and evolution of regionalism. Drawing on constructivist contributions from the European ‘laboratory’, the paper examines the analytical purchase of the constructivist proposition that ideational factors play a crucial role in the emergence and evolution of regional integration. It investigates the purchase of this proposition in the case of regional integration in South America, focusing on the Southern Common Market (Mercosur).
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||MERCOSUR (Organization), Regionalism (International organization), Constructivism (Philosophy), South America -- Economic conditions, South America -- Politics and government|
|Series Name:||Working papers (University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation)|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||31|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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