Rethinking regionalisms in times of crises
The demand for people-centred regional alternatives has been at the core of people’s struggles in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. This reader pulls together perspectives of social movement activists, describing the restrictive regional spaces within which they work and propose regional alternatives.
This collection of articles is intended as a contribution to strengthen the idea that people-centred regional integration is not only needed but that it is also possible. It aspires to provide social organisations with new ideas and proposals that can inspire action within their specific regions.
The reader has three sections: 1) it includes the analysis of the current situation of integration processes in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe in relation to the changes in the global scene and their specific internal dynamics; 2) it concentrates on proposals on alternative regional integration in specific areas. It features models for alternative regional financial integration in Latin America; the need to re-think the eurozone in Europe; the idea of a SAARC Food Bank in South Asia and proposals to face climate change as a region in ASEAN; and 3) it deals with social actors’ actions vis-à-vis the dynamics of regional integration.
Gonzalo Berrón, Cecilia Olivet and Graciela Rodríguez
A world in crisis: the state of regional integration five years on
Mercosur: what kind of integration is possible?
The Pacific Alliance and Unasur: Integration and disintegration in South America
Carlos Alonso Bedoya
The political economy of the Eurozone: this crisis is not an accident
Regional integration and the crisis: an agenda for SAARC
Meena R. Menon
ASEAN Regional dynamics and prospects
Jenina Joy Chavez
Current trends in Southern Africa: the challenges of reclaiming SADC for people’s development
Regional responses to the global economic, food and ecological crises
Aspects of financial regionalisation: a Latin American perspective
Regional alternatives to a global crisis: a European perspective
The SAARC Food Bank: can it abet food security in South Asia?
The ASEAN, challenges of climate changes and spaces for civil society intervention
Dorothy Grace Guerrero
Regionalism from below: the role of social actors in regional integration
Assessing Social Participation in Integration Processes in South America after a decade of progressive governments
Regional movements in Europe: strategies, challenges and achievements
Regional governance of migration: ASEAN´s conundrum and spaces for civil society intervention
Jenina Joy Chavez
People’s struggles and aspirations for regional integration in Southern Africa