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Title:Regionalism in Africa: a part of problem or a part of solution
Author:Lee, MargaretISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:Polis: revue camerounaise de science politique
Volume:9
Pages:103-131
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:regional economic relations
common markets
SADC
Abstract:At the beginning of the new millennium it is imperative that African countries begin to seriously redefine both the theory and practice of regionalism. Although market integration, based on the EU model, has failed miserably, as the case of the SADC demonstrates, African governments continue to adopt it. This article argues that market integration in Africa has been counterproductive to the regional agenda, and therefore, regionalism as currently practised in Africa is part of the problem and not part of the solution. One of the major reasons for its failure is the fact that African realities are not taken into consideration. Instead of market integration, it is proposed that African leaders adopt a strategy that includes both regional cooperation and regional integration. Such a strategy, it is argued, is more conducive to African realities and could perhaps result in Africa's capacity to better coexist within the 'weave-world of regionalism and globalization'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French (p. 6). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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