Regionalism is a common phenomenon among many countries who share similar infrastructures, economic climates, and developmental challenges. Latin America is no different and has experienced the urge to economically integrate since World War II. Research literature suggests that public opinion for economic integration can be a motivating factor in a country’s proclivity to integrate with others in its geographic region. People may support integration based on their perception of other countries’ models or based on how much they feel their voice has political value. They may also fear it because they do not trust outsiders and the mixing of societies that regionalism often entails. Using an ordered probit model and data from the 2018 Latinobarómetro public opinion survey, I find that the desire for a more alike society, opinion on the European Union, and the nature of democracy explain public support for economic integration. Based on these results, Latin American policymakers should keep their constituents in mind when weighing the costs and benefits of economic integration.
"Indicators for Support for Economic Integration in Latin America,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 11, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/ppr/vol11/iss1/9