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Interregionalism's impact on regional integration in developing countries: the case of Mercosur

Doctor, Mahrukh



This article examines the impact of interregionalism on deepening regional integration processes in non-European Union (EU) regions, specifically the Southern Common Market (Mercosur). It considers whether ‘capacity-building’ functions of interregionalism are present in EU–Mercosur relations. It argues that although negotiations for an association agreement might have helped Mercosur survive periods of severe crisis in the past, the terms of the agreement under negotiation were not sufficiently attractive to encourage deeper integration in Mercosur. Moreover, interregionalism cannot be expected to compensate for low institutionalization, nor substitute for weak political willingness to deepen integration. Ultimately, Mercosur alone can decide how far it wants to take its regional integration.


Doctor, M. (2015). Interregionalism's impact on regional integration in developing countries: the case of Mercosur. Journal of European Public Policy, 22(7), 967-984.

Acceptance Date Nov 24, 2014
Online Publication Date Jan 6, 2015
Publication Date Aug 9, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2016
Journal Journal of European public policy
Print ISSN 1350-1763
Electronic ISSN 1466-4429
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 7
Pages 967-984
Keywords EU, Interregionalism, Mercosur, Regionalism
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European public policy on 6 Jan 2015, available online:


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