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Mercosur: Regional Integration, World Markets

Riordan Roett, editor
ISBN: 978-1-55587-837-5
ISBN: 978-1-55587-838-2
1999/139 pages/LC: 98-37779
“An excellent introduction to the ‘Common Market of the South’, MERCOSUR.”—British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain

“This short collection ... presents the essential background facts about MERCOSUR and its current policy dilemmas. It would be an excellent introduction in a comparison of regions.”—Sheila Page, Journal of Latin American Studies

“Provides invaluable readings for a course in Latin American economics, as well as for studying regional security.”—Russell W. Ramsey, Parameters

“This is a welcome volume that should help to advance the debate on the costs and benefits of alternative integration arrangements for Latin America as the region faces the new century.”—Donald G. Richards, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs


This timely volume describes the origins of Mercosur, South America’s dynamic and successful regional integration project, as well as the issues still to be tackled regarding the trade bloc’s expansion, the challenges to its transition from a customs union to the “Common Market of the South,” and its relations with other trade groups and countries (particularly the European Union and the United States).


Riordan Roett is Sarita and Don Johnston Professor of Political Science and director of the Western Hemisphere Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.  He is also founding director of the SAIS Program on U.S.-Mexico Relations and the Center of Brazilian Studies.  He is author of numerous books and articles on Latin America and recently edited The Challenge of Institutional Reform in Mexico and The Mexican Peso Crisis: International Perspectives.


  • Introduction—R. Roett.
  • Toward the Common Market of the South: Mercosur’s Origins, Evolution, and Challenges—L.V. Pereira.
  • Brazil in Mercosur: Reciprocal Influence—P. da Motta Veiga.
  • Mercosur’s Complex Political Agenda—M. Hirst.
  • Broadening and Deepening: Striking the Right Balance—F. Peña.
  • Establishing an Industrial Policy for Mercosur—R Markwald and J.B. Machado.
  • Mercosur’s External Trade Negotiations: Dealing with a Congested Agenda—R. Bouzas.
  • Mercosur and the European Union: From Cooperation to Alliance?—W. Grabendorff.
  • U.S. Policy Toward Mercosur: From Miami to Santiago—R. Roett.