The Political Economy of Regionalism

The Case of Southern Africa

  • Fredrik Söderbaum

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Fredrik Söderbaum
    Pages 1-14
  3. Fredrik Söderbaum
    Pages 15-36
  4. Fredrik Söderbaum
    Pages 37-53
  5. Fredrik Söderbaum
    Pages 115-136
  6. Fredrik Söderbaum
    Pages 193-214
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-251

About this book


The Political Economy of Regionalism: The Case of Southern Africa challenges prevailing wisdom, showing how ruling political elites and 'big business' join forces with certain external actors in order to promote market integration and economic globalization, boost regimes, and to satisfy group-specific and even personal interests. Only rarely do these forms of regionalism contribute to the poor and disadvantaged, who instead opt out, and survive through informal economic regionalisms or seek to create regionalisms rooted in civil society.


Civil society development economy globalization integration political economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Fredrik Söderbaum
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Peace and Development ResearchGöteborg University (Padrigu)Sweden
  2. 2.United Nations University/Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU/CRIS)BrugesBelgium

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