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Constructing regionalism from sectoral cooperation : a comparative analysis of the emergence, outcomes, and effects of South American health and defence cooperation within UNASUR

Abstract : This research deals with the emergence, outcomes, and effects of regional cooperation in the fields of public health and defence within the UNASUR institutional framework. By zooming into sector-based cooperation in two diverse, yet equally important policy areas such as health and defence, I try to shed light on the triggers, drivers, institutionalisation patterns, and results of sectoral regionalism in South America. In doing so, the research intends to contribute to the study of UNASUR and South American regionalism, exploring the endogenous logics and dynamics of sector-based cooperation among South American states that have been largely neglected by the area-specific literature. Scholars have predominantly analysed UNASUR either as the result of a structural post-hegemonic and post-liberal shift experienced by the South American region in response to the multipolar reconfiguration of the international system and the world economy or as a regional organisation that suffers from the institutional limitations typical of intergovernmentalism and overlaps ineffectively with other regional organisations. Less attention has been paid to what does actually happen within the UNASUR Sectoral Councils. I posit that in order to grasp the significance of UNASUR and the logics underlying the evolution of South American regionalism, we need to know more about why governments set up a regional institution for pursuing cooperation in a given policy area, what are the characteristics and impact of regional sector-based institutions, and what are the outcomes and effects of sectoral cooperation. This research attempts to fill this gap in the literature on South American regionalism by providing an empirically rich and theoretically grounded analysis of how South American states are constructing regionalism through intergovernmental sectoral cooperation.
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Giovanni Agostinis. Constructing regionalism from sectoral cooperation : a comparative analysis of the emergence, outcomes, and effects of South American health and defence cooperation within UNASUR. Political science. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po; Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (Lucca, Italie), 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016IEPP0034⟩. ⟨tel-03650747⟩

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