The ‘Isms’ of Regional Integration: What do Underlying Interstate preferences hold for the ECOWAS Union?

Igwe, Paul Agu, Ochinanwata, Chinedu and Madichie, Nnamdi O. (2020) The ‘Isms’ of Regional Integration: What do Underlying Interstate preferences hold for the ECOWAS Union? Politics and Policy . ISSN 1747-1346

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Abstract

As the world starts reopening following the recent lockdowns prompted by Covid-19 pandemic, regional collaborations and trade matters have resurfaced. While the Brexit (British exit from the European Union) negotiations dominate regional trade headlines, the fate of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is also being rethought. In all these, however, the issue of regional integration, administration and governance of treaties and policies remain contentious areas. Considering these concerns, this paper draws insights from the regionalization of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). We explore the “isms” (that is, the ideologies of realism, neo-liberalism, intergovernmentalism, institutionalism and regionalism) that impacts upon the achievement and implementation of the regional governance system. We analyse ECOWAS current strategy towards the integration of the West African region, its successes and failures. Also, we highlight some of the challenges concerning the implementation of treaties. Finally, we evaluate the underlying national preferences and the implications for the “isms” in many settings.

Keywords:Regionalism and Integration, Realism, Institutionalism, Intergovernmentalism, neo-liberalism, Regional Organizations, Policy changes, African Continental Free Trade Agreement, West African Monetary Union, ECOWAS
Subjects:L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
L Social studies > L240 International Politics
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
L Social studies > L211 Liberalism
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:42578
Deposited On:02 Nov 2020 12:45

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