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A Political Economy of African Regionalisms

An Overview of Asymmetrical Development

Wil Hout and M. A.M. Salih

This book analyses the main factors influencing the political economy of Africa’s asymmetrical regionalism, focusing on regional and sub-regional trade, investment, movement of people, goods and services. It pays particular attention to the way in which regional and sub-regional dynamics are impacted by extra-regional relations, such with the EU, US, China and India. Because African regionalism is influenced not only by economic processes, peace and security are also analysed as important factors shaping both regional and sub-regional relations and dynamics.
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Wil Hout and M. A.M. Salih

Wil Hout (PhD in International Relations, University of Leiden, The Netherlands) is Professor of Governance and International Political Economy at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has published widely on issues of global governance, regionalism and international cooperation in academic journals and books. He is the author of The Politics of Aid Selectivity (Abingdon: Routledge, 2007), co-author of Political Economy and the Aid Industry in Asia (with Jane Hutchison, Caroline Hughes and Richard Robison, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and co-editor of Regionalism Across the North-South Divide (with Jean Grugel, London: Routledge, 1999).

M.A. Mohamed Salih (PhD in Economics and Social Studies, University of Manchester, UK) is Emeritus Professor of Politics of Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, monographs and edited books. His latest book is Economic Development and Political Action in the Arab World (New York: Routledge, 2014) and among his edited books are Climate Change and Sustainable Development: New Challenges for Poverty Reduction in the 21st Century (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009) and Local Climate Change and Society (London: Routledge, 2013).