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Investigación y Desarrollo

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RHI-SAUSI, José Luis  and  ODDONE, Nahuel. Regional integration and cross-border cooperation in the new Latin America scenarios. Investig. desarro. [online]. 2013, vol.21, n.1, pp.260-285. ISSN 2011-7574.

Abstract This article analyzes the sub-regional integration process and the cross-border cooperation among Latin American countries, from the perspective of a "bottom-up integration" led by local territories. The underlying hypothesis is the regional consultation development promoted by national governments can be boosted by the territorial and cross-border cooperation fostered by local actors. The foundation of URSA (Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America) and the willingness of creating a political co-ordination body like UNASUR, are milestones in this design. In this framework, the article focuses the main dimensions of the process: multi-level territorial governance; local actors' capacity to foster sub-regional integration; territorial cooperation operating modes in Latin America. A special attention is paid to the role of international actors, particularly the European ones.

Keywords : Cross-border cooperation; European Union; Latin America; Regionalism; Regional integration.

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