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South American Cities and Frontiers: An Analysis of Regional Integration From the Mercocities Network

Thursday 10 October 2019
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

The current processes of regional integration in South America require a reflection on the challenges that national states face in formulating and implementing border region public policies. Based on data collection about national borders in South America, it was possible to observe that individual cities started to play an important role on public policies for regional integration in comparison to their respective national governments. This might be a consequence of the absence of actions from national governments in border regions and may influence local governments to develop transnational policies to meet the demands of their populations and to assume the responsibilities that normally pertain to national governments. In order to understand these agents and how these new levels of government coordination change integration in border regions, the following analysis were conducted: i) participation of individual States in the integration process under MERCOSUR; ii) the autonomous action of border cities that are part of the Mercocities Network; iii) Mercocities Network as a key player - and as an explanatory variable - in the modification of the current process of regional integration. The results show that, despite the existing shared knowledge about public policies among South-American cities, the Mercocities Network also changes the political dynamic in the region by transferring part of border integration responsibilities from national states to cities.

Glaucia Bernardo

About the speaker

Glaucia Bernardo is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the Federal University of Parana (Brazil). She develops research on public policy transfer among international organizations; specifically, her thesis topic is about higher education public policy transfer from the European Union to Mercosur.

She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Federal University of Parana and a Bachelor’s in International Relations at Unicuritiba (Brazil). In her dissertation, she observed how Educational Mercosur is a space for synthesis and dissemination of public policies. Glaucia has also participated at some courses at the Hague Academy of International Law and at École Nationale d'Administration (France), which helped her in understanding how these interactions among different actors at the international level lead to public policy transfer. Currently, she belongs to the administrative staff of the Federal Institute of Parana where she has experience in projects related to higher education and internationalization.

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


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