LAC and International Political Economy

  • Alvaro MendezEmail author
  • Mariano Turzi


This chapter consults international political economy for possible explanations of the Latin American failure to complete membership of the AIIB (with the exception of Ecuador). Four putative mechanisms are proposed and tested: China’s uninterest in Latin American participation; hegemonic impediment by the United States; incompatible interests between Latin America and China in the infrastructure sector or the project investment portfolio; or LAC’s peculiar kind of agency. The chapter demonstrates that structural, external factors cannot account for the delay in ratifying membership, but rather finds the explanation in factors endogenous to the region.


AIIB Latin America China International political economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fudan Institute for Global Public PolicyFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.ESIC Business & Marketing SchoolMadridSpain
  3. 3.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  4. 4.UCEMABuenos AiresArgentina

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