The success of regionalism in Southern Africa

Söderbaum, Fredrik, (2012). The success of regionalism in Southern Africa. Regional Integration Observer, 6(1), 4-5

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    Author Söderbaum, Fredrik
    Title The success of regionalism in Southern Africa
    Appearing in Regional Integration Observer
    Volume 6
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Sweden
    Publisher Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development
    Start page 4
    End page 5
    Language En
    Abstract The failure to adequately understand regionalism in Southern African and Africa more broadly is caused by the overwhelming dominance of orthodox and Eurocentric theories and conceptualisations of regional integration, whereby ‘progress’ in regional integration is primarily defined in terms of EU-style institutionalization. From such perspective, regionalism in Southern Africa is usually considered primitive, weak or even as an outright ‘failure’. This commentary offers an alternative interpretation, claiming that certain forms of regionalism in Southern Africa are both sophisticated and ‘successful’ — at least for those actors in control, first and foremost the ruling political elites and ‘the plunderers’.
    Copyright Holder UNU-CRIS
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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