The Historical Background to Integration in Latin America

Part of the International Handbooks on Economic Integration book series (IHEI, volume 1)


Contrary to received wisdom, Latin America’s experience with economic integration is almost as long as that of Western Europe. In contrast with Western Europe, however, and until the more recent experience with MERCOSUR, Latin America has been only moderately successful with its record of integration.


Monetary Policy Common Agricultural Policy Custom Union European Economic Community Common Market 
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