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MANTILLA VALBUENA, Silvia Cristina  and  HERRERA, Christian Chacón. Comparative balance of border regulations in four neighboring Caribbean countries. Estud. front [online]. 2016, vol.17, n.34, pp.1-20. ISSN 2395-9134.

This article seeks to investigate whether there is a potential for border integration among four adjoining Caribbean countries: Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica. The discussion is part of the "cross-border" concept and the integration of subnational entities in two or more nation states, with particular emphasis on the role played by the societies that inhabit border regions. A comparative analysis model is used to assess border regulations in each country's various territorial levels based on relevant legal elements, autonomous processes and decentralization. The article concludes that the more modern each country's border regulations and constitutional, political and administrative reforms are, the greater the likelihood of cross-border integration. Colombia and Nicaragua have the highest potential for integrating their borders, whereas Panama and Costa Rica have the lowest potential.

Keywords : border regulations; administrative legal system; border integration; cooperation; Caribbean region..

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