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Interdependence vs. dependence: : a network analysis of regional integration projects in Africa, America, Asia and Europe

Interdependenz versus Dependenz: eine Netzwerkanalyse regionaler Integrationsprojekte in Afrika, Amerika, Asien und Europa
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Krapohl, Sebastian; Fink, Simon

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Corporate Editor Universität Bamberg, Fak. Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Internationale Beziehungen
Abstract "Integration theories usually either implicitly or explicitly assume that regional integration is driven by intraregional economic interdependence, which allows for the utilisation of economies of scale or comparative cost advantages within the region. However, following the new regionalism of the 1990s, it has become clear that regional integration may also be used by the respective member states to improve their standing in the global economy, to become more attractive for foreign direct investment and development aid, or to be more powerful in international trade negotiations. In this paper, we argue that the latter motive is more important for developing countries than the former two, because developing countries are more dependent on economic relationships with other regions than on those with their neighbours. Thus, in order to understand regional integration in the Southern hemisphere, integration theory needs to incorporate interregional relationships and the resulting positive feedback for regional integration projects among developing countries. To support this argument, we present network analyses of intraregional and interregional trade of the European Community (EC), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Association of Southeast-Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)." (author's abstract)
Keywords NAFTA; European integration; trade policy; network analysis; Europe; integration; commerce; EU; Asia; Latin America; Africa; network; ASEAN; North America; MERCOSUR; economic interdependence; economy; economic integration; SADC
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Bamberg
Page/Pages 27 p.
Series Bamberger Online Papers on Integration Research (BOPIR), 3/2009
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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