Region-Building in West Africa
Convergence and Agency in ECOWAS
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This book examines the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) practitioners in coordinating, creating, and managing regional governance practices in the areas of public health, peace and security, and micro-financial integration.
Since 1975, there have been many failed and successful attempts at unconstitutional government changes in West Africa. During this same period, numerous instruments have been designed to promote peace and security in the region. This book examines the role of bureaucratic actors in the ECOWAS in harmonizing regional integration policy in West Africa. Using data from fieldwork in several countries in West Africa, Balogun observes how ECOWAS practitioners network and strategically engage regional stakeholders in Health, Peace and Security, and Finance as a means to deepen harmonization between ECOWAS member states and build a connection with civil society. Balogun argues that the founding conditions of ECOWAS set the organization on an institutional path to adapt its approaches to regional governance.
This work will prove useful to scholars of regionalism, region-building and institutions and to those studying West Africa more specifically.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Conceptualizing Convergence and Agency in ECOWAS
Chapter 3 – Convergence and Agency in Peace and Security
Chapter 4 – Regional Convergence in Public Health
Chapter 5 – Regional Convergence in Finance
Chapter 6 – Taking Stock of Convergence and Agency in West Africa
Emmanuel Balogun is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and affiliate faculty in Black Studies at Skidmore College.