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Regionalism through social policy: collective action and health diplomacy in South America

Regionalism through social policy: collective action and health diplomacy in South America
Regionalism through social policy: collective action and health diplomacy in South America
This paper is concerned with the place of social policy as a driver of region-building in South America. The contention is that while much has been written about economic integration, institutions and security communities in regionalism, a discussion of the significance of other regional projects has lagged behind. Social policy, particularly in the Americas, has been neglected as a policy domain in the account of regionalism. Changes in the political economy of Latin America in the last decade suggest that we need to engage afresh with regional governance and social policy formation in the Americas. By looking at the institutions, resources and policy action in the area of health within the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) this paper reconnects regionalism and social policy and explores two inter-related, yet largely unexplored, issues: the linkages between regional integration and social development beyond the historical hub of trade and finance; and the capacity of UNASUR to enable new policies for collective action in support of social development goals in the region, and to act as a broker of rights-based demands in global health governance. In so doing, the paper contributes towards a more nuanced understanding of regionalism and regionalisation as alternative forms of regional governance
regional social policy, regionalism, regionalization, regional health diplomacy, unasur, post-trade regional governance
0308-5147
432-454
Riggirozzi, Pia
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Riggirozzi, Pia
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Riggirozzi, Pia (2014) Regionalism through social policy: collective action and health diplomacy in South America. Economy and Society, 43 (2), 432-454. (doi:10.1080/03085147.2014.881598).

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This paper is concerned with the place of social policy as a driver of region-building in South America. The contention is that while much has been written about economic integration, institutions and security communities in regionalism, a discussion of the significance of other regional projects has lagged behind. Social policy, particularly in the Americas, has been neglected as a policy domain in the account of regionalism. Changes in the political economy of Latin America in the last decade suggest that we need to engage afresh with regional governance and social policy formation in the Americas. By looking at the institutions, resources and policy action in the area of health within the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) this paper reconnects regionalism and social policy and explores two inter-related, yet largely unexplored, issues: the linkages between regional integration and social development beyond the historical hub of trade and finance; and the capacity of UNASUR to enable new policies for collective action in support of social development goals in the region, and to act as a broker of rights-based demands in global health governance. In so doing, the paper contributes towards a more nuanced understanding of regionalism and regionalisation as alternative forms of regional governance

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e-pub ahead of print date: 28 July 2014
Published date: August 2014
Keywords: regional social policy, regionalism, regionalization, regional health diplomacy, unasur, post-trade regional governance
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 363017
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/363017
ISSN: 0308-5147
PURE UUID: 5478957e-7398-482f-87d2-0ff75dc9e7ba
ORCID for Pia Riggirozzi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5809-890X

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Date deposited: 20 Mar 2014 10:12
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 02:56

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