Region-Building in Africa

Political and Economic Challenges

  • Editors
  • Daniel H. Levine
  • Dawn Nagar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction

    1. Daniel H. Levine, Dawn Nagar
      Pages 1-17
  3. Themes and Concepts of Region-Building and Regional Integration in Africa

  4. The Political Economy of Africa’s Region-Building and Regional Integration Initiatives

  5. The African Union (AU) and Subregional Organizations and Initiatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Kasaija Phillip Apuuli
      Pages 143-156
    3. Scott Taylor
      Pages 157-174
    4. Gilbert M. Khadiagala
      Pages 175-190
    5. Dawn Nagar
      Pages 191-212
    6. Said Adejumobi
      Pages 213-230
    7. René Lemarchand
      Pages 231-244
    8. Azzedine Layachi
      Pages 245-263
  6. Comparative Regional Schemes: Lessons for Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Laura Gómez-Mera
      Pages 297-312
    3. Daniel H. Levine
      Pages 313-324
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 325-348

About this book


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.


Arab Maghreb Union Economic Community of Central African States Pan-Africanism developmental regionalism developmental state economic integration region-building regional economic communities regional integration regionalism Africa Arab Maghreb Union developmental regionalism developmental state region-building regional integration ASEAN desegregation development East Asia economy Europe European Union (EU) political economy

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