8966 - The Political Economy of Post-hegemonic Regionalism in Latin America

Latin American regional governance today represents a conglomerate of commercial, political and trans-societal welfarist integration projects. In this overlapping and sometimes conflicting scenario what Latin Americanness should mean, and how integration projects should respond to current challenges of global political economy are being redefined. The focus of the paper is twofold: to better understand current regional transformations and to discuss what new developments mean for how we theorise non-European regionalism. Looking at the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) we ask: How are we to understand regional agreements that are grounded in different systems of rules, alternative ideas and motivations that contest 'open regionalism'? We argue that UNASUR and ALBA represent different pathways to regional building, creating foundations for post-hegemonic regional governance. The implications of new regionalist projects are to be seen in new spaces for deliberation and collective action pursuing political and developmental goals.

Palabras claves: regionness, New Regionalist approach, post-hegemonic regional governance, welfarist regionalism, ALBA, UNASUR

Autores: Riggirozzi, Pia (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)


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