Regionalism and Governance: a Critique

  • Mónica Serrano


Even though additional acronyms are perhaps the last thing regionalist discourse needs, here are some of the FAQs (frequently asked questions) around which it has integrated.


Political Economy Free Trade World Trade Organization Regional Integration Global Governance 
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