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"Similar feathers or different stripes? Mexico, Turkey and the limits of regional integration"

Hussain, Imtiaz. (2001) "Similar feathers or different stripes? Mexico, Turkey and the limits of regional integration". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    Mexico's and Turkey's regionalist pursuits predictably changed the rules of integration game, as much out of their own idiosyncratic contributions to both theory-building and policy-making, as through developments beyond their control. Those are the broad findings of a comparative study of the two actual/potential developing country trading bloc members. By examining the economic credentials and liabilities of both, the endogenous features of integration theories, and the exogenous forces impinging upon them, the study further finds two countries with similar structures inclinations in the global economy confronting different future prospects and imposing dissimilar challenges upon regional integration. Critical to the outcomes have been the explicit and implicit roles of United States: its proximity to Mexico working wonders for that country but deepening dependency, its withdrawal from Turkey improving that country's regionalist chances but weakening the exclusiveness of the European Union. The United States is found to be one of a few exogenous forces challenging their endogenous counterparts in shaping regionalism today, pushing regionalism and regional integration theories increasingly to trespass the domains of other paradigms and policy objectives. Questions are raised how policy-makers and theory builders may escape the dilemmas they face.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > regionalism, international
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Latin America
    Countries > Turkey
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2006
    Page Range: p. 31
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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