REGIME EFFECTIVENESS AND DEMOCRACY PROTECTION: THE RESPONSES OF MERCOSUR TO THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESSES IN PARAGUAY AND BRAZIL

Author
Alexandre San Martim Portes
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Conjuntura Austral: Journal of the Global South
Volume
8
Issue Number
41
Publication Date
2017
Institution
Conjuntura Austral: Journal of the Global South
Abstract
Democratization and regional integration are phenomena relatively new in South America. After decades of authoritarian regimes, new democratic orders and globalization brought the necessity of looking for partnership in the neighborhood. The Common Market of the South, or in the Spanish acronym Mercosur, was created in 1991, as an attempt to bring the countries in the region not only economically but also politically closer. Although initially a project lead by Brazil and Argentina, Mercosur has today threemore members: Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Bolivia is in the process of integration and Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Surinam are associate members (MERCOSUR, 2017).
Topic
Economics, International Political Economy, Common Market
Political Geography
Brazil, Argentina, South America, Uruguay, Latin America, Venezuela, Paraguay