n Conflict Trends - The politics of economic regionalism : Sierra Leone in ECOWAS, by David J. Francis : book review

Volume 2003, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818



The continent's recent history speaks volumes about the different political and economic challenges that Africa has had to face. These challenges - some of which have manifested themselves in various inter and intra-state conflicts - have been experienced in all the various regions of the continent, albeit in varying degrees. As a result, the continental leadership has opted to create structures and mechanisms beyond the state, in order to deal with these challenges. Among such structures is the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which was created for the West African region. Apart from trying to assess the push factors that make individual states opt for a regional structure, one of the areas that is worth exploring is the extend and nature of the impact that a regional structure has on its individual states - in a nutshell, this is the subject of David J. Francis' book.

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