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Integration as a way of modernization. An explanatory framework for regional integration (INTEGRA).
Esta actividad se realiza con el apoyo de la Unión Europea, en el ámbito de la Acción Jean Monnet.

The project aims at creating a partnership between Europe and two of its most intimate "natural allies" (Latin America, Australia) dedicated to the study of regional integration from a new multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.The underlying idea is that integration, wherever it is developed, can be successful only if it helps involved societies to answer the challenges of modernization. The study of the linkage between integration and modernization in different contexts and historical moments will be the fil rouge of the project. It will encompass 14 individual researches held together into a general conceptual frame. Contributors will come from 4 JM partners (LA, Europe and Australia) and 3 associate members (LA).

The project consists of:

- One kick off meeting (in Argentina) where partners discuss the aim and methodology of their individual projects and the way they can be articulated within the general frame (either by thematic clusters of chronological order) and practical aspects of the future work,

- One mid-term meeting (in Hungary) where the contents of the draft papers will be discussed and the group will interact with policy-makers and students,

- Two outputs in the form of one book in English (edited by the Australian partner) and one special issue of a review in Spanish (edited in Argentina, the complete collection is available at

- Progress of the project will be monitored through a series of ICT tools (web-conferences, Jean Monnet online community, e-mails, Skype) scattered all along the work plan and its quality through an internal and an external peer review,

- The face-to-face meetings, the ICT communication and dissemination strategy and the final outputs will have both:

  • an inward looking impact -increasing the consistency of the group and its willingness to enlarge the scope of the research, using different types of bibliographic data management tools (see for instance the application in use at UNIBO)
  • an outward looking impact -offering to the English and Spanish speakers policy-makers and the public at large an insight of the results of the research.

Collateral local seminars