Regionalisation in Africa

Regionalisation in Africa

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..". by including accounts of the flows of goods and people that take place informally, and frequently illegally, [Bach] has lifted the lid on a little-observed, but vitally important aspect of contemporary African life." International AffairsThe dynamics of integration and disintegration in sub-Saharan Africa at the end of the millennium result from a combination of upheavals in the international system since the end of the Cold War and the crisis of the state within Africa itself."show more

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  • Paperback | 235 pages
  • 153.2 x 230.4 x 20.6mm | 427.98g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253213401
  • 9780253213402

About Daniel Bach

Daniel Bach, former director of the Centre de Etude d Afrique Noire in Bordeaux, is an internationally recognized authority on African political and economic regional systems."show more

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"2000apr CHOICE. Written primarily by academics and researchers in Europe, Africa, and the US, this 19 chapter volume is an updated and revised version of a work originally published in French in 1998. Chapters in parts 1 and 2 are more general explorations of multilateralism, regionalism, and states in Africa. Changes in society and democratization in recent years are examined, along with the specific situations in Congo/Zaire, Nigeria, and the Union of South Africa. Several articles in part 3 discuss the experiences of a few of the numerous regional organizations in Africa such as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and UDEAC (Union Douaniere des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale). A discussion of the impact of European monetary integration on the franc zone shows how outside actions can affect African nations. While much attention is on formal groupings, personal networks and cross border trade are also examined in the last part of the book. The writing is somewhat uneven but there is little overlap among the articles, and many contain useful, specific information on the topic. Footnotes in the articles as well as a bibliography. For students and scholars of African economic and political affairs. Upper division undergraduate through professional collections. J. E. Weaver, Drake University" "show more