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Offering a radical conceptual interpretation of the interface between the nature of domestic politics and the political economy of regionalism, this innovative text constitutes the first in-depth analysis of the role and contribution of economic regionalism in West Africa. National development, regional security, conflict management and the reconstruction of political authority in collapsed states are considered, as well as critically examining whether the experiment with economic regionalism has helped to address the region's multidimensional development and security problems. Anyone interested in the politics of developing countries and especially the link between regional cooperation, economic development, democratization and conflict management will find this book essential reading. Contents: Introduction. Economic regionalism in West Africa; Security regionalism in West Africa; ECOWAS and the new regionalism; Sierra Leone in ECOWAS; Civil war in Sierra Leone: interpretations; Political economy of diamonds and trans-border regionalization; Political implications of Sierra Leone's ECOWAS regionalism; Economic implications of Sierra Leone's ECOWAS regionalism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Economic Regionalism in West Africa 7
Political Economy of West Africa 8
Evolution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 13
Formation of ECOWAS: 1972-1975 21
Aims and Objectives, Institutional Framework and Main Features of the Treaty 23
Conceptual Framework: Modernisation, Dependency and Developmental Regionalism 29
2 Security Regionalism in West Africa 39
The Creation of ECOMOG: The Liberian Crisis and the International Neglect of Africa 40
ECOWAS Political and Security Co-operation: Redefining Economic and Security Interdependence 43
ECOMOG: Peacekeeping, Peace Enforcement and Conflict Management in West Africa 49
Conceptualising ECOMOG 52
Security Regionalism in West Africa and African International Relations 57
3 ECOWAS and the New Regionalism 63
From 'Old' Regionalism to 'New' Regionalism 63
ECOWAS New Regionalism and the Myth of Globalisation 66
ECOWAS and Responses to the New Regionalism 70
4 Sierra Leone in ECOWAS 76
Political Economy of Sierra Leone 77
Characterisation of State and the Politics of Decline in Sierra Leone 82
Sierra Leone's Foreign Policy Approach to ECOWAS Regionalism 87
Sierra Leone's Institutional Structure for ECOWAS Responsibilities 92
The Politics of Ratification of ECOWAS Protocols and Decisions 96
Financial and Infrastructural Obligation to ECOWAS 97
Level of Popular Participation in ECOWAS Regionalism 100
5 Civil War in Sierra Leone: Interpretations 107
Civil War in Sierra Leone 107
ECOMOG Military Base in Sierra Leone: An Obstacle to Charles Taylor's Presidential Ambition 111
Civil War and its Interpretations 114
6 Political Economy of Diamonds and Trans-border Regionalisation 123
Diamonds and the Politics of Underdevelopment 123
Conflict Diamonds, Privatisation of Security and Globalisation 129
Diamonds and Human Security in Post-war Sierra Leone 141
7 Political Implications of Sierra Leone's ECOWAS Regionalism 147
Politico-Diplomatic Relevance of ECOWAS Regionalism 149
ECOWAS and the Defence of Democracy in Sierra Leone 156
ECOWAS-UN Co-operative Security in Sierra Leone 165
ECOWAS and the Erosion of National Sovereignty 178
8 Economic Implications of Sierra Leone's ECOWAS Regionalism 189
Sierra Leone and the Traditional Benefits of Economic Regionalism 190
Sierra Leone and ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Programme 196
Sierra Leone and Intra-Regional Trade 201
Free Movement and its Pressures on the Economy 204
Mano River Regionalisation: The Monkey Trade and Smuggling 206
The ASYCUDA Project and Sierra Leone's Customs Regime 209
West African Clearing House and its Impact on Sierra Leone 213
ECOWAS Trade Fair and Private Sector Participation 215
Sierra Leone and ECOWAS Regional Agricultural Development Strategy 217
Sierra Leone and ECOWAS Infrastructural Development Strategy 223
Conclusion 231
Bibliography 238
Index 249
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