Organising the South American space : regionalism in times of transnationalisation
Title: Organising the South American space : regionalism in times of transnationalisation
Author: PALESTINI CÉSPEDES, Stefano
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2015
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
What makes governments decide to engage in cooperation with their neighbours to deliver regional public goods? Under which conditions do they decide to keep this cooperation informal, and when do they instead prefer to formalise it through an international treaty? Why do government seem to be more capable to produce regional public goods in some policy-areas than in others? The present research addresses these questions by analysing the contemporary South American-wide regionalism from 2000 to 2014, the period in which the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) was created and later formalised into the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). First, the analysis of the intergovernmental negotiations shows that an informal institution such as IIRSA better accommodated the preferences of governments that were searching for and experimenting with a collective response to an external challenge, whereas a formal institution such as UNASUR better accommodated the preferences of governments that wanted to avoid the emergence of competitive regional projects and the defection of some states. Second, the thesis examines the interactions between governments and transnational actors and shows that regional public goods are more likely to be produced in policy-areas in which governments were able to broker non-state transnational actors to implement basic intergovernmental consensus. In answering these questions, the thesis offers an empirically informed assessment of contemporary South American regionalism without following either the over-optimistic or over-pessimistic viewpoints that dominate the current academic debate.
LC Subject Heading: Regionalism -- South America; South America -- Economic integration; Unión de Naciones Suramericanas
Defence date: 13 October 2015; Examining Board: Professor László Bruszt, EUI (Supervisor); Professor Carlos Closa Montero, EUI; Professor Olivier Dabène, Sciences Po; Professor Juan Gabriel Valdés Soublette, Government of Chile - Universidad Austral.
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