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OCLA 2125 - Regionalisms in Latin America

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

This course is design to introduce the history and politics of regionalism in Latin America. It is divided in four parts: Part I offers an overall theoretical and historical introduction. It clarifies the concepts and approaches used in the course, and presents a narrative of territorial fragmentation and contemporary unification efforts ; Part II draws a picture of the main regional integration processes in Central America, the Andean and Southern cone regions since the post-war period ; Part III focuses on the “new model of regional integration”, introduced by leftist governments during the last 15 years, and its critics ; Part IV addresses the way regional integration helps solving crises and defending democracy. It also tackles the so-called democratic deficit of regionalism ; Objective of the course: develop a general understanding of Latin American regionalism; discover different theoretical approaches explaining the main features of Latin American regionalism (as opposed to the European one) ; learn about the different regions, namely Central America, Andean region and Southern cone, and clarify a very complex panorama with such agreements as SICA, CAN, MERCOSUR, ALBA, UNASUR, CELAC and Pacific Alliance ; assess the differences between the different projects that shape the current debates (trade-centered as opposed to post-trade regionalism) ; relate international politics with domestic politics: evaluate the effect of Latin America's turn to the left on international relations.


DABENE, Olivier (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

First hour: professor's presentation. Second hour: one or two student's presentations followed by a discussion based on the readings.

Course validation

Students are expected to do all the readings, to make an oral power point presentation that will circulate, and to submit a 50 000-character final research paper on an agreed-upon topic. The final paper can be an extended version of the oral presentation. The grade will be calculated as follows: 25% on class participation and reading, 25% on paper and presentation, and 50% on the final research paper.

Required reading

Olivier Dabène, The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America. Theoretical and Comparative Explorations, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

Additional required reading

Other reading materials are included in the course outline

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