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The credibility of regional policymaking: Insights from South America

The credibility of regional policymaking: Insights from South America
The credibility of regional policymaking: Insights from South America

Regional responses to international threats and opportunities have become prevalent. Yet significant lacunae persist in our recognition of some impacts of regional policies. Where measuring impact of regional policy does exist, this tends to focus on economic impact, heavily influenced by the EU model, or focuses on impacts that we have come to expect from national level policymaking. In this paper we show that important effects of regional policymaking in South American regionalism are being overlooked. Specifically, we argue that failure to recognize the creation of normative frameworks, dynamics of regional diplomacy, and social policy outcomes from regional policymaking has negatively affected the credibility of regional organizations. Lack of understanding of the impact of regional policy risks trivializing progress in regional policy and, critically, affects the legitimacy and credibility of regional governance. We make this case by focusing on regional health and migration policies in South America.

Legitimacy, South America, regional health governance, regional migration governance, regional policymaking, regional social policy
1474-7731
604-619
Riggirozzi, Pia
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Ryan, Matt
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Riggirozzi, Pia
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Ryan, Matt
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Riggirozzi, Pia and Ryan, Matt (2021) The credibility of regional policymaking: Insights from South America. Globalizations, 19 (4), 604-619. (doi:10.1080/14747731.2021.1893530).

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Regional responses to international threats and opportunities have become prevalent. Yet significant lacunae persist in our recognition of some impacts of regional policies. Where measuring impact of regional policy does exist, this tends to focus on economic impact, heavily influenced by the EU model, or focuses on impacts that we have come to expect from national level policymaking. In this paper we show that important effects of regional policymaking in South American regionalism are being overlooked. Specifically, we argue that failure to recognize the creation of normative frameworks, dynamics of regional diplomacy, and social policy outcomes from regional policymaking has negatively affected the credibility of regional organizations. Lack of understanding of the impact of regional policy risks trivializing progress in regional policy and, critically, affects the legitimacy and credibility of regional governance. We make this case by focusing on regional health and migration policies in South America.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 January 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 March 2021
Published date: 17 March 2021
Additional Information: Funding Information: Part of this work builds from research carried out with support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) [Grant Ref. ES/L005336/1 and Grant Ref. MR/S032711/1]. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Copyright: Copyright 2022 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: Legitimacy, South America, regional health governance, regional migration governance, regional policymaking, regional social policy

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Local EPrints ID: 446239
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446239
ISSN: 1474-7731
PURE UUID: 3bee27d4-cc38-4ba1-8a35-2b8dd3bc9abd
ORCID for Pia Riggirozzi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5809-890X
ORCID for Matt Ryan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8693-5063

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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2021 17:33
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 05:02

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