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Globalisation and Regionalisation in Africa: Reactions to Attempts at Neo-liberal Regionalism

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Ian Christopher Taylor

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Abstract

The ideology of neo-liberalism. is currently dominant at the elite level. This has profound implications for how development is viewed as best pursued. Currently, a process of regionalization projects, at both the macro- and micro-level, are reconfiguring parts of Africa as the continent's elites seek to promote economic integration as a means of latching onto what is perceived as the globalization juggernaut. However, such processes, and the case of the Maputo Development Corridor (MDC) is provided as a case study, cannot simply be defined as top-down projects to reconfigure spatial areas along neo-liberal lines: globalization and regionalization stimulates reactions involving the re-organization and re-territorialization of spaces in order to meet the challenges posed. Though existing regionalist projects, such as the MDC, reflect the impulses of a neo-liberal world, space for contesting alternatives exists and is nascent, with counter-reactions being continually generated, with diverse forms of regional connectivities being constructed. Analyses of the new regionalisms must be cognisant of such pregnancy within such ongoing processes.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-330
Number of pages21
JournalReview of International Political Economy
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2003

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  • regionalization, Africa, Mozambique, South Africa, globalization, development, RENAISSANCE

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