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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: [social Cohesion And Regional Integration: The Mercosur Social Agenda And The Integrationist Social Policy Major Challenges].
Author: Draibe, Sônia Miriam
Abstract: In the consolidation of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR), social policies are still in the embryonic stage. However, since the latter half of the 1990s there has been a speedup in the creation of institutions dedicated to such policies with the Common Market's framework. This article focuses on health policy and the broader social policy system in order to identify the reasons for the imbalance, through three movements: reconstitution of the history of the institutional construction of social policies in MERCOSUR; identification and comparison of the successive strategies for the formulation and implementation of the social integration agenda; and reflection on the current dilemmas and challenges faced by the process. According to the study, MERCOSUR operates with strategies that are difficult to mutually reconcile. On the institutional level, it follows a minimalist strategy, while on the conceptual/ discursive level it adopts a maximalist strategy for supranational unification of social policies. The fact is that it operates a minimalist social policy strategy, since it fails to bring to the field of social integration the debate and proposals on economic and social development models that could sustain the effective construction of regional social citizenship.
Subject: Concept Formation
Health Policy
International Cooperation
Policy Making
Public Policy
South America
Citation: Cadernos De Saúde Pública. v. 23 Suppl 2, p. S174-83, 2007.
Rights: aberto
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Date Issue: 2007
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