Mercosur’s Unsettling 30th Anniversary and the Challenge of Keeping it Relevant

Vilizzio, Magdalena Bas and Zelicovich, Julieta (2021). Mercosur’s Unsettling 30th Anniversary and the Challenge of Keeping it Relevant. UNU-CRIS Policy Brief. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Subtitle Policy Brief
    Sub-type Policy brief
    Author Vilizzio, Magdalena Bas
    Zelicovich, Julieta
    Title Mercosur’s Unsettling 30th Anniversary and the Challenge of Keeping it Relevant
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Policy Brief
    Volume/Issue No. 2021/4
    Publication Date 2021
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 10
    Language eng
    Abstract Mercosur celebrates its 30 years amid criticism and debate. As with any multi-dimensional regional process, the assessment of its success or failure depends on the lens we choose to “capture the moment”: the neoliberal lens or the developmental lens. Nowadays, the first one gains leverage in settling the short-term agenda as the States focus regional discussion on common external tariff and the “flexibilisation” of the external trade negotiations agenda. Beyond these topics, what challenges does the Covid-19 age -and the period after- present in keeping Mercosur still relevant? This piece argues that four challenges should be addressed: 1) institutional issues –mainly normative effectiveness 2) regional economic recovery and how external actors play their roles –China, for instance 3) “green swans” in the regional agenda -climate change and global health 4) building a real “unity project” beyond members’ political divergences.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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