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Micro-regionalism in West Africa: evidence from two case studies
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2007 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This collection seeks to complement and advance recent studies on regionalism in Africa and the implications that this has for the continent’s development. The two case studies on cross-border micro-regionalism in the borderlands of Mali-Burkina Faso and Niger-Nigeria are part of the work of the West Africa Borders and Integration (WABI). WABI is a research institute that looks at cross-border developments in West Africa, particularly at the convergence between political will and regionalisation on the ground. Providing a challenge to the considerable number of state-centric, formalistic and not seldom overly idealistic studies in this field, the two cases show quite clearly that formal borders either essentially do not exist in the Westphalian sense, being ignored by local populations and traders, or, are strategically used by (often self-styled) representatives of the state to extract resources and rents. In either case, the Eurocentric notion of fixed boundaries and bordered delineations has little purchase in the West African Sahel.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2007. , 36 p.
Series
Discussion Paper, ISSN 1104-8417 ; 34
Keyword [en]
regional cooperation, regional integration, regional development, regionalization, case studies, West Africa, Sahel, Niger, Nigeria
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-141ISBN: 978-91-7106-593-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-141DiVA: diva2:240826
Note
CONTENTS -- Introduction: Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor -- Thinking about Micro-Regionalism in West Africa -- Chapter 1: Marie Trémolières Regionalisms in the Sahel:The Mopti-Ouahigouya Cross-Border Area -- Chapter 2: Mohamadou Abdoul and Marie Trémolières -- Cross-Border Cooperation between Niger and Nigeria: The Case of the Maradi Micro-RegionAvailable from: 2009-09-30 Created: 2009-09-29 Last updated: 2009-09-30Bibliographically approved

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