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.
|Publication date:||29th October 2004|
|Author:||Dr Fredrik Soderbaum|
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA|
FREDRIK SOEDERBAUM is at the Department of Peace and Development Research, Goeteborg University (Padrigu), and the United Nations University/Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU/CRIS). Recent books include Regionalization in a Globalizing World, Theories of New Regionalism, The New Regionalism of Africa, Regionalism and Uneven Development in Southern Africa: The Case of the Maputo Development Corridor.More About Dr Fredrik Soderbaum