Since the end of the Second World War the map of the Americas has changed dramatically. Not only were many former European colonies turned into sovereign states, there was also an ongoing process of region-making recognizable throughout the hemisphere and obvious through the establishment of several regional agreements. The emergence of political and economic regional integration blocs is a very timely topic analyzed by scholars in many disciplines worldwide. This book looks at remapping the recent trends in region-making throughout the Americas in a way that hasn’t been at the center of academic analyses so far. While examining these regionalisation tendencies with a historical background in mind, the authors also answer fundamental questions such as: What influences does globalization have on region-making, both on normative regionalism plans as well as on actual economic, political, cultural, military and social regionalization processes driven by state and non-state actors? What ideas or interests lead states in the Americas to cooperate or compete with one another and how is this power distributed? How do these regional agreements affect trade relations and have there been trade barriers set up to protect national economies? What agreements exist or have existed and how did they change with regard to contents and for what reason? The book informs academic as well as non-academic audiences about regional developments in the Americas, in particular those dating back to the last twenty years. Beyond the primary purpose of summarizing the hemisphere’s recent trends, the book also brings clarification in a detailed but easy to understand way about timely issues regarding the institutionalisation, or lack thereof, of the plethora of regional and sub-regional bodies that have emerged in this hemisphere over the past couple of decades.
’This re-mapping of the regional politics of the Americas has been deftly undertaken by an able team of scholars working in the Americas. The outcome is a considered, and up-to-date, assessment of contemporary trends in the international politics of this changing region. The late Henry Gill, to whose memory the book is dedicated, would have read it with interest and delight.’ Anthony Payne, University of Sheffield, UK ’A veritable tour de force of key trends that are reshaping a continent, and of how the new regionalism in the Americas is holding up. A must-read for those who want to understand the complex interaction between the Western Hemisphere and global order.’ Jorge Heine, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada