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The success of regionalism in Southern Africa

Magazine article
Authors Fredrik Söderbaum
Published in Regional Integration Observer
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 4-5
ISSN 1996-9678
Publication year 2012
Published at Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
School of Global Studies
Pages 4-5
Language en
Subject categories Globalization Studies


The failure to adequately understand regionalism in Southern African and Africa more broadly is caused by the overwhelming dominance of orthodox and Eurocentric theories and conceptualisations of regional integration, whereby ‘progress’ in regional integration is primarily defined in terms of EU-style institutionalization. From such perspective, regionalism in Southern Africa is usually considered primitive, weak or even as an outright ‘failure’. This commentary offers an alternative interpretation, claiming that certain forms of regionalism in Southern Africa are both sophisticated and ‘successful’ — at least for those actors in control, first and foremost the ruling political elites and ‘the plunderers’.

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