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book review for black studies course

March 23, 2016 | Author: | Posted in history, west european studies

Book Review

Daniel C . Bach Regionalisation in Africa : Integration and Disintegration

Regionalisation in Africa : Integration and Disintegration ‘ is an edited volume containing nineteen essay from the scientific conference in France (1994 . The book was initially published in 1998 in French language . English version is a revised edition published in 1999 . It is necessary to note that the main theme of all essays is finding out main reasons why African states appeared to be incapable to establish their legitimacy and authority . Most African states resulted in failure to achieve sovereignty and [banner_entry_middle]

control over the country ‘s territories . The major headings of the book are the causes and consequences

Regionalism and Globalization in Sub-Saharan Africa

States and Territories

Regional Organizations

Networks (Doro 2002

All African states were grouped in the book according to the following criteria : similarity in political ideas , past economic association industrial development , level of political advancement , past association with metropolitan powers , personal friendships , linguistic considerations , cultural affinity and ethnic similarity

The book suggests many s for consideration which are not only particular regional groupings , but also such important s as ideological positions and differences , the democratization process civil society , boundary disputes , the Franc Zone , etc . The regional groupings included in the book are Southern African Development Community (SADC , Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS ) and the Union Douaniere des Etats d ‘Afrique Centrale (UDEAC (Doro 2002

The first section of the book about the globalization and regionalism the editor argues that regionalisation in Africa is primarily the expression of micro-strategies which seek to take advantage of the resources of globalization which in turn erode a state ‘s territorial and governmental legitimacy (Back 1999 ) The editor also takes in account the negative consequences of colonial federations and boundaries , the consequences of Cold War , the restricted social and economic resources in the African countries . All these factors according to the editor are the main reasons of countries ‘ failure to achieve national integration The possibility of regional integration is also weakened except telecommunications and infrastructures . It is mentioned that similar factors contribute to cross-b transactions and trans-state networks which result in parallel economies and illicit trade and subsequent growth of influence by non-state actors and the weakening of state institutions (Back 1999

The editor also examines the advantages and disadvantages of regionalism and multilateralism in economic relations of the African states with that of other countries . Their impact on regionalism is also taken into account . In the conclusion to the first section it is admitted that regionalism is able to marginalize African states . Regionalism is considered as a mean to participate effectively in multilateralism Editor admits that multirateralism deals both with developed and undeveloped countries such as in Africa . The first section also embraces the regional economic integration and recent efforts made by EU with the purpose to promote their programs of development . The section provides also strengths and weaknesses of main regional organizations and approached taken by donor organizations and states (Doro 2002

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