The IPE Puzzle of Regional Inequality, Instability, and the Global Insertion of South America

  • Ernesto Vivares
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This introductory chapter sets the case of why the IPE of the unstable structures of South American regional development in their uneven links with the global order following the decline of the commodities boom is central to understanding Global South America as a region. Its central discussion is to comprehend analytically whether scholars must follow either the long circle of commodities and/or the historical political structures of unequal development and international insertion. In doing so, the chapter argues in favor of a new IPE research agenda that recovers the central features of the LA contributions based upon the historical regional characteristics, the study of inequality, political instability, diverse regional economic configurations, and international insertions. The chapter sets the theoretical and methodological framework of a LA IPE to the study of the Global South.


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  • Ernesto Vivares
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  1. 1.Department of International StudiesFLACSO EcuadorQuitoEcuador

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