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Overcoming the development problem of the Nation-State in Africa through regionalism

S. K.B. Asante
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 3, No 1 | a2596 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v3i1.2596 | © 2018 S. K. Asante | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 July 2018 | Published: 31 March 2000

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S. K.B. Asante, Legon, Ghana; formerly UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ghana

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Abstract

Regionalism, of which the European Union is a successful example, has also been adopted by several African countries. The economic problems to be overcome here, more often than not include a sparse population, small internal markets, deficient infrastructure and economies vulnerable to fluctuating world prices. A further rationale for regionalism is more explicitly political in nature. Meeting the challenges of African development through a strategy of regionalism has been an enormous task in the past, and while there may be grounds for pessimism, this paper views the future with guarded optimism.

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