'Regionalism and Health Policy in South America: Tackling Germs, Brokering Norms and Contesting Power', in Andrea Hoffmann and Andrea Bianculli (eds) Regional Organizations and Social Policy in Europe and Latin America: A Space for Social Citizenship?


Claiming, framing and advancing norms in global governance have often been associated by scholars with power, influence and hegemonic dominance of Northern-based states and non-governmental organizations. The assumption is not surprising, as policymakers and social groups from the developed world have powerful resources to set agendas and act as rule-makers in global politics. However, while this assumption is legitimate on many counts in terms of international policy-making and international relations, it also deserves closer examination. Developments in global governance during the last 15 years have seen how new ambitions and initiatives from Southern regionalism are reworking corridors of norm-making and diffusion affecting in turn North-South and South-South development agendas.

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