Conclusion: Regional Governance in South America

  • Anne Marie Hoffmann
Part of the Governance, Development, and Social Inclusion in Latin America book series (GDSILA)


The conclusion summarizes the findings of the study. First, the findings are being contextualized in current debates on regionalism and regional integration. The underlying assumption that flexible intergovernmental structures support regional governance in policy fields has been proven key to the understanding of regional public policy-making. In a second step, findings on the internal processes, conceptualized as the collective action of regional policy-makers, are being related to the institutional conditions of regional organizations. In particular, the role and function of transgovernmental networks are stressed. Although UNASUR is to some extent an emblematic case when it comes to regional public policies, the conceptual considerations of this study can easily be transferred to other organizations. In essence, the case study revealed the multidimensionality of regional processes and drew attention to the relevant actor group of transgovernmental networks, which have rarely been studied before.


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  • Anne Marie Hoffmann
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  1. 1.Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany

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