Open regionalism is part of a legal transformation of an economic order, the aim of which is to consolidate market-oriented reforms at the national level and ‘disciplinary’ convergence towards the trade and corporate-oriented agenda crafted within the WTO. This new regional paradigm started its own articulation since the inception of the ‘Washington consensus’, in the early eighties, which bet to the liberalization of trade and the restructuring of state policies vis-à-vis markets. Under the leadership of the US, open regionalism was originally nested within NAFTA and became the model for trade negotiations for building future FTAs and the FTAA.
KeywordsEconomic Space Liberal System Continental Level Security Regime Peasant Uprising
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