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Regionalist governance and transnational collective action in Latin America

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JournalEconomy and Society
DatePublished - May 2006
Issue number2
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)209-231
Original languageEnglish


New forms of regionalism are now a central element in global governance. It is sometimes suggested that new regionalism represents an opportunity for transnational civil society activism. I explore this argument through a comparison of processes of collective action in two emerging frames of regionalism governance in the Americas, the FTAA/Summit of the Americas and Mercosur. I show that, while civil society activism has regionalized to some extent in relation to both hemispheric regionalism and sub-regionalism, this process is far more marked in the former. I suggest, further, that the influence of civil society actors in regionalist governance in the Americas is extremely limited. This is due to persistent institutional barriers to inclusion, the practical obstacles for many groups of scaling up to the regional/transnational level and the particular difficulties associated with accessing trade-based negotiations.

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  • Civil society, FTAA/Summits of the Americas, Governance, Latin America, Mercosur, Regionalism, Transnational

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