This edited volume transcends conventional state-centric and formalistic notions of regionalism and theorizes, conceptualizes and analyzes the complexities and contradictions of regionalization processes in contemporary Africa. The collection not only unpacks and theorizes the African state-society complex with regard to new regionalism, but also explicitly integrates the often neglected discourse of human security and human development. In so doing, the book moves the discussion of new regionalism forward at the same time as it adds important insights to security and development. It is organized into three parts. Part I theorizes, conceptualizes and analyzes the new regionalism in Africa from the point of view of the region (e.g. West, East, Central and Southern Africa). The national perspectives in Part II focus on the new regionalism in Africa from the point of view of particular countries or specific state-society complexes, such as Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the enclave of Cabinda, Angola and Zambia. Part III contains two concluding chapters that tie the main threads of the volume together, theoretically and empirically, and discuss the contribution of the analytical framework, the new regionalism approach (NRA) to the larger study of regionalism.
Table of Contents
Contents: Foreword, Christopher Clapham; Preface, Timothy M. Shaw; Introduction: the new regionalism in Africa, J. Andrew Grant and Fredrik SÃ¶derbaum. Part I: Regional Perspectives: New regionalism as an alias: regionalization through trans-state networks, Daniel C. Bach; Weak states, strong regimes: towards a 'Real' political economy of African regionalization, Morten BÃ¸Ã¥s; New regionalism, states and non-state actors in West Africa, Okechukwu C. Iheduru; Regional development-environment discourses, policies and practices in post-Apartheid Southern Africa, David Simon. Part II: National Perspectives: Deteriorating human security in Kenya: domestic, regional and global dimensions, Stephen Brown; New regionalism and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo: networks of plunder and networks for peace, Sandra J. MacLean; New regionalism and micro-regionalism in South-Western Africa: the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda, J. Andrew Grant; Angola after Savimbi: new hope for the South/Central region? J. ZÃ¶e Wilson and Arsène Bwenge Mwaka; Cold War regional hangovers in Southern Africa: Zambian development strategies, SADC and the new regionalism approach, Eve Sandberg and Naomi Sabel. Part III: Conclusions: Regionalization, the state and human security/development in Africa: thoughts for advancing the debate, Kevin C. Dunn and James J. Hentz; The future of new regionalism in Africa: regional governance, human security/development and beyond, Timothy M. Shaw, Fredrik SÃ¶derbaum, Julius E. Nyang'oro and J. Andrew Grant; Bibliography; Index.
J. Andrew Grant is a researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and also works for the Centre for Developing-Area Studies at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Fredrik SÃ¶derbaum is a post-doctoral researcher within the Department of Peace and Development Research (Padrigu) at GÃ¶teborg University in GÃ¶teborg, Sweden.
'... Africa provides a classic location for the study of the 'new regionalism' - a regionalism shorn of the conceptual rigidities... that marked its predecessors, that places regional relationships firmly within the frame created by globalization on the one hand, and the endless human search for physical and material security on the other. This regionalism is now central to the understanding of developments in modern Africa, and to that understanding this volume makes a very welcome and important contribution.' Christopher Clapham, The Centre of African Studies, Cambridge, UK (taken from the Foreword) 'This highly recommended book will reveal not only a new dimension in the study of regionalism but also a new approach to the study of Africa.' Professor BjÃ¶rn Hettne, GÃ¶teborg University, Sweden '...would be very useful in classes on Africa and also on the international political economy of regionalisation.' The European Journal of Development Research '...coherently organized, well edited, and accessible to non-specialists. Its analysis of regionalism in terms of relationships, rather than formal structures, is thought provoking...The New Regionalism in Africa makes a genuine contribution to our understanding of an important aspect of state-society relations in Africa, and its appearance is to be welcomed.' International Studies Review '...criticism of the state-centred approaches in IR and IPE is theoretically and empirically convincing. The examples from various African countries...provide a good foundation for [the book's] argument.' Modern African Studies