The environment in the Andean community and Mercosur

König, Christopher (2013). The environment in the Andean community and Mercosur. UNU-CRIS Working Papers. UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author König, Christopher
    Title The environment in the Andean community and Mercosur
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Working Papers
    Volume/Issue No. 2013/3
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language En
    Abstract The paper compares the processes of regional integration in the environmental policy-area of the Andean Community (CAN) and the Common Market of the South (Mercosur). South America is in various ways challenged by environmental strains such as climate change. The main issue discussed in the paper is how, and to what extent, has the regionalization of environmental policies and politics taken place in both blocs? As a secondary strand in the treatise, integration, or the lack thereof, is explained by drawing from key theories on regional integration developed in the European context and applied to South America. The author finds that integration in the area of climate change remains timid in both blocs. However, a juxtaposition of both cases reveals that at least in terms of environmental affairs, CAN has been more proactive. This departs from the conventional assumption that Mercosur is the most developed entity in the region in terms of integration agendas in various policy fields. Nevertheless both blocs have created insufficient regulations on the environment in spite of the inchoate strides made by CAN. This could be partly explained by the attitudes of various governments who still find few incentives to support robust supranational initiatives in the field of environmental protection.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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