The Political Economy of Formal and Informal Regionalism

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


This chapter deals with the political economy of formal and informal regionalism in Southern Africa, and how state, market and external actors relate to one another and often come together in hybrid and multi-actor coalitions. Four distinct regionalisms are highlighted, two formal and two informal. The formal are: (i) the project of market integration and (ii) regime-boosting, while the informal are: (iii) shadow regionalism and (iv) informal economic regionalism.


Foreign Direct Investment Political Economy Market Integration Shadow Regionalism Southern African Development Community 
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© Fredrik Söderbaum 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fredrik Söderbaum
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    • 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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