Alternative Regionalisms | 30 September 2009
Alternatives for the Americas
Alternatives for the Americas is a document of guidelines (summarized here) for making the process of hemispheric economic integration more inclusive, democratic, environmentally and culturally sustainable, and equitable. The document proposes development based on democratic citizen participation, local control over resources, and the reduction of economic and social inequalities.
Recognizing that the market is imperfect and does not address many needs - such as social justice, public services, and public security - the document calls for a stronger role of the state and increased regulation of the economy not only at the national but at the supra-national level as well. Equally important is the value citizens play in developing, implementing, and monitoring the process ofeconomic integration.
Read the summary (pdf)