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Region-building in Africa, political and economic challenges, edited by Daniel H. Levine and Dawn Nagar - hbk

This landmark book is the first of its kind to assess the challenges of African region-building and regional integration across all five African sub-regions and more than five decades of experience, considering both political and economic aspects. Leading scholars and practitioners come together to analyze a range of entwined topics, including: the theoretical underpinnings that have informed Africa's regional integration trajectory; the political economy of integration, including the sources of different 'waves' of integration in pan-Africanism and the reaction to neo-liberal economic pressures; the complexities of integration in a context of weak states and the informal regionalization that often occurs in 'borderlands'; the increasing salience of Africa's relationships with rising extra-regional economic powers, including China and India; and comparative lessons from non-African regional blocs, including the EU, ASEAN, and the Southern Common Market. A core argument of this book, running through all chapters, is that region-building must be recognized as a political project as much as if not more than an economic one; successful region-building in Africa will need to include the complex political tasks of strengthening state capacity (including states' capacity as 'developmental states' that can actively engage in economic planning), resolving long-standing conflicts over resources and political dominance, improving democratic governance, and developing trans-national political structures that are legitimate and inclusive
Table Of Contents
Introduction / Daniel Levine, and Dawn Nagar -- Region-building debates in a global context / Louise Fawcett -- Regional integration in Africa: theory and practice / John Ravenhill -- A tale of three Cassandras: Jean Monnet, Raúl Prebisch, and Adebayo Adedeji / Adekeye Adebajo -- Cross-border interactions and regionalism / Daniel Bach -- Infrastructure and regional integration in Africa / Afeikhena Jerome, and David Nabena -- African agency post-2015: the roles of regional powers and developmental states in regional integration / Timothy M. Shaw -- The political economy of Africa's region-building and regional integration / Samuel K.B. Asante -- The African Union and region integration in Africa / Kasaija Phillip Apuuli -- Region-building in southern Africa / Scott Taylor -- Region-building in eastern Africa / Gilbert M. Khadiagala -- COMESA and SADC: the era of convergence / Dawn Nagar -- Region-building in west Africa / Said Adejumobi -- Region-building in central Africa / René Lemarchand -- Region-building in north Africa / Azzedine Layachi -- Necessary but not automatic: how Europe learned to integrate / N. Piers Ludlow -- Lessons from Asia: the association of southeast Asian nations / Mely Caballero-Anthony -- Lessons from Latin America: MERCOSUR / Laura Goméz-Mera -- Conclusion / Daniel Levine
Physical Description
xxv, 348 p. :, maps ;, 24 cm

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