The Case of UNASUR

  • Anne Marie Hoffmann
Part of the Governance, Development, and Social Inclusion in Latin America book series (GDSILA)


After elaborating the conceptual model of regional public policy-making, this chapter illustrates how it can be applied in the study of South American regionalism. The Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, as a relatively young regional organization, is built on the foundations of existing regional institutions. Moreover, the central structural characteristic is the 12 so-called sectoral councils. These councils each represent a distinct policy field at the regional level. This chapter introduces UNASUR as a regional organization and provides the methodological background for its analysis. In line with the practice of triangulation, which is the combination of analytical approaches, methods of this study are introduced. The macro-level of regional public policy-making is analyzed using organization theory. The micro-level will be examined by collective action theory. Collective action is determined by group cohesion and the usage of a common language. It is the basis for the identification of shared problems and the development of regional policy objectives in sectoral councils.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Marie Hoffmann
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  1. 1.Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany

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