This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) through a Management and Business Development Fellowship. The aim of the research was to shed light on the role of external actors in the process of regional integration among ‘developing’ countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Since the early post-War period, regional integration has been understood as a ‘bottom-up’ phenomenon in the field of international relations (IR), international political economy (IPE) and international business (IB), whereby (typically) geographically proximate states engage in the formation and evolution of a regional institution and organisation of which they are members.
This research challenged this model, which was based on early studies of European integration, and showed that external actors (particularly international donors) have been embedded within processes of regionalism in the case of ‘developing’ country regions in SSA, through post-colonial economic and political relations.
The research focused on the case of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), whereby external actors such as the European Union have been intrinsic to the process of regional integration from its inception to recent initiatives to introduce a greater degree of economic liberalisation in the region.
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