The Origins of Mercosur

Democracy and Regionalization in South America

  • Authors
  • Gian Luca Gardini

Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Gian Luca Gardini
      Pages 1-13
  3. Diplomatic Investigations and Historical Analysis

  4. Political Investigations and Theoretical Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Gian Luca Gardini
      Pages 105-127
    3. Gian Luca Gardini
      Pages 149-173
    4. Gian Luca Gardini
      Pages 175-188
    5. Gian Luca Gardini
      Pages 189-194
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-267

About this book


The processes of democratization and regionalization in South America ran parallel to one another between 1985 and 1991. However, the nature of this relationship is by no means clear. This book explores the diplomatic history of the formation of Mercosur and analyzes the precise place of democracy in the process. At the methodological level, a combination of hitherto unexamined documents and extensive interview material makes for a novel oral history approach to diplomatic studies. At the theoretical level, a melding of cognitive approaches to foreign policy making and realist theory of international relations provides a nuanced but systematic explanation of events.


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