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The European Union's policy towards Mercosur: Responsive Not Strategic

Arantza Gomez Arana


This monograph seeks to examine the motivations for the European Union’s (EU) policy towards the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), the EU’s most important relationship with another regional economic integration organisation. This monograph argues that the dominant explanations in the literature -- balancing the US, global aspirations, being an external federator, long-standing economic and cultural ties, economic interdependence, and the Europeanization of Spanish and Portuguese national foreign policies – fail to adequately explain the EU’s policy. In particular, these accounts tend to ... More

Keywords: European Union, Mercosur, Europeanization, Strategic Actor, Latin America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719096945
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arantza Gomez Arana, author
Birmingham City University