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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
Integrated regional responses to international threats and opportunities have become prevalent. Yet significant lacunae persist in our recognition of some impacts of regional policies. Where instrumentation for measuring impact of regional policy does exist, it either tends to measure economic integration only, is heavily influenced by the EU model, or focuses on impacts that we have come to expect from national level policymaking. While there is merit in these measurements, in this paper we show that important effects of regional policymaking in South American regionalism are being overlooked. Specifically, we argue that failure to recognise the creation of novel normative frameworks, the changing dynamics of representation and diplomacy in regional governance, and social policy outcomes from regional policymaking has negatively affected the credibility of regional organisations. We make this case by focusing on regional social policies in inter-governmental organisations in South America across varying domains of regional policy. Lack of understanding of the impact of regional policy risks trivialising whatever progress in regional policy might be made and, critically, affects the legitimacy and credibility of regional governance.
Legitimacy, South America, regional health governance, regional migration governance, regional policymaking, regional social policy
1474-7731
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. (doi:10.1080/14747731.2021.1893530).

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Integrated regional responses to international threats and opportunities have become prevalent. Yet significant lacunae persist in our recognition of some impacts of regional policies. Where instrumentation for measuring impact of regional policy does exist, it either tends to measure economic integration only, is heavily influenced by the EU model, or focuses on impacts that we have come to expect from national level policymaking. While there is merit in these measurements, in this paper we show that important effects of regional policymaking in South American regionalism are being overlooked. Specifically, we argue that failure to recognise the creation of novel normative frameworks, the changing dynamics of representation and diplomacy in regional governance, and social policy outcomes from regional policymaking has negatively affected the credibility of regional organisations. We make this case by focusing on regional social policies in inter-governmental organisations in South America across varying domains of regional policy. Lack of understanding of the impact of regional policy risks trivialising whatever progress in regional policy might be made and, critically, affects the legitimacy and credibility of regional governance.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 January 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 March 2021
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: 26 Nov 2021 02:55

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