Factors shaping regional integration in Europe, Asia, and Africa : the validity of competing theories

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Chen, Jie
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Political Science, c2011
This research summarizes, compares and analyzes the origins and developments of integration in Europe, Asia and Africa since World War Two. There have been some interesting findings. Europe has been the most successful region, having realized free movements of people, goods, services and money in several countries within the European Union (EU). Africa has been more advanced in institutional integration than Asia, although its level of economic development, constrained by instability, corruption, and poor socio-economic conditions, has hindered integration; meanwhile, its regional economic communities (RECs) have been more successful than the continental organization. Despite the improved economic conditions, Asia has been experiencing difficulties in community building due to lack of consensus and a partnership among major powers. There has not been any continental organization in Asia; nor has the subregional grouping, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), progressed far in economic and political integration.
x, 327 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Regionalism -- Asia -- Cross cultural studies , Regionalism -- Europe -- Cross cultural studies , Regionalism -- Africa -- Cross cultural studies , Intergovernmental cooperation -- Asia -- Evaluation , Intergovernmental cooperation -- Europe -- Evaluation , Intergovernmental cooperation -- Africa -- Evaluation , International relations , Dissertations, Academic