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The Mercosur Experience and Theories of Regional Integration

Contexto Internacional. 39(1):117-134 DOI 10.1590/s0102-8529.2017390100006


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Journal Title: Contexto Internacional

ISSN: 0102-8529 (Print); 1982-0240 (Online)

Publisher: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

LCC Subject Category: Political science: International relations

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Carlos Ricardo Caichiolo


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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks


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Abstract This article examines the degree to which Mercosur conforms with theories of regional integration, taking into consideration its institutionalisation, its particular characteristics, the characteristics of its member states, and its impact on policy arrangements among those member states. It also compares Mercosur to the European Union. I conclude that theories of integration fail to provide a full explanation of the process of regional integration in Mercosur.