Regional Integration, Fragility and Institution Building: An Analytical Framework Applied to the African Context

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dc.contributor.author VERDIER, Thierry
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-24T10:28:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-24T10:28:59Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1028-3625
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/14175
dc.description European Report on Development The European Report on Development (ERD) is a multiannual process, which is framed within the initiative “Mobilizing European Research for Development Policies“. The objective of this initiative is to enhance a European perspective on development issues in the international arena, on the basis of knowledge excellence, innovation and building of common ground between the European research community and policy-makers (Member States and Commission). Moreover, this initiative will improve the visibility of the EU at a global level, help shape the international agenda and feed the EU internal debate on development. The ERD Team Leader is Prof. Giorgia Giovannetti. The multidisciplinary team is based at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute and is interacting with a broad network of scholars, from both developed and developing countries. http://erd.eui.eu/ For further information: European Report on Development Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies European University Institute Via delle Fontanelle, 19 50016 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Italy Fax: + 39 055 4685 770 E-mail: erdsec@eui.eu en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss how regional integration processes may contribute to statebuilding and promote exit from fragility for countries characterised by weak state institutions. After presenting a simple conceptual framework to discuss the effects of external and regional integration on fragile states, we analyse the policy trade-offs that may arise in such contexts. The paper then reviews the specific regional experiences of Sub-Saharan countries and their inter-actions with fragility issues. Finally, we discuss policy implications for the EU in the context of its regional trade and development policies with African fragile countries. The central conclusions of the analysis are the following: I) a two-tier approach to regional integration, which combines both top-down and bottom-up processes, is necessary; 2) the EU approach to regional integration in Africa should promote “Building-Blocks” and not “Stumbling-Blocks”; and 3) specific considerations should be given to make the trade integration strategy “fragility responsive”. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI RSCAS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2010/38 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Report on Development en
dc.subject regional integration en
dc.subject fragility en
dc.subject state building en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.title Regional Integration, Fragility and Institution Building: An Analytical Framework Applied to the African Context en
dc.type Working Paper en
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