Competing nationalism, regional cooperation, and the politics of international shipping in West Africa

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Abstract

This is a study of the attempt by West and Central African states to coordinate and harmonize their shipping policies in the 1970s and 1980s under the auspices of the Ministerial Conference of West and Central African States on Maritime Transport (MINCONMAR). The analysis shows that African integration efforts are based on calculations of economic costs and benefits. In this calculus, member states do not hesitate to abandon regional integration goals and pursue competing, nationalist ones, if the benefits of choosing the latter are attainable immediately and the benefits of regional integration may be available, if at all, only in the long-run. Although MINCONMAR has failed to achieve most of its objectives, member states continue to support it, indicating that support for regional organization in Africa is often based on anticipated diplomatic and psychological benefits rather than general economic welfare. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOcean Development & International Law
Pages123-153
Number of pages31
Volume24
Edition2
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Iheduru, O. (1993). Competing nationalism, regional cooperation, and the politics of international shipping in West Africa. In Ocean Development & International Law (2 ed., Vol. 24, pp. 123-153)