The Changing Context of Regionalism and Regionalisation in the Americas: Mercosur and Beyond

Authored by: Marc Schelhase

The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754677628
eBook ISBN: 9781315613499
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041863


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The aim of this chapter is to assess contemporary Southern American integration, while offering some thoughts on emerging trends that are likely to shape the future of the region. Theoretically, the chapter will reflect what in chapter 1 of this Companion is called the ‘third wave’ of regionalism(s), with its characteristics of a multitude of actors and processes – at different levels – impacting on the understanding and conceptualisation of the region that is the Americas. In this regard, the distinction between regionalism and regionalisation is a useful one, as it highlights the different actors and processes that continually shape and drive regions. 2

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