Shaping EU-Mercosur Relations

  • Carolyn Marie DudekEmail author
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


EU policy due to deeply embedded norms of liberalism and protectionism as well as external policies focused on development and promoting regional integration has shaped EU-Mercosur relations and marks a stark contrast to US policy toward the region as the historic hegemon. The following utilizes historical institutionalism to understand how liberal tenants of EU competition policy as well as the protectionism of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have shaped EU-Mercosur relations. In particular, we shall examine Spain’s role spearheading efforts to promote EU-Latin American relations and how EU competition policy’s breaking up of monopolies in Europe spurred increased investment in Latin America, especially the Southern Cone, prompting the EU to forge closer ties with Mercosur utilizing cooperation and development programs as well as promoting regional integration and liberal trade in Latin America.


European Union Foreign Direct Investment Regional Integration Competition Policy Free Trade Agreement 
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I am grateful for the generous support from the Fulbright Scholar Program, Hofstra University and Harris Manchester College, Oxford, which made this research possible. I greatly appreciate the time, experience and knowledge interviewees shared with me and I would especially like to thank Jose Eduardo Corbetta, for facilitating my research in Buenos Aires, and Alberta Sbragia for her very helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and European StudiesHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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