In Developmental Regionalism and the Political Economy of Africa's Integration, Gabila Nubong argues that there are opportunities to transform the continent and the structural nature of its economies. Nubong revisits some of the earlier debates of Africa's industrialization and explores avenues of leveraging current opportunities to industrialize by focusing on integrating unbundled global production value chains. This book proposes that Africa should shift its development paradigm to pursue a model of regional corporation that combines integration and development objectives together, coined as ‘Developmental Regionalism.’ This approach would move African countries up global production value chains with the transformation of their minerals and the diversification of their economies through avenues of industrialization that unbundle production processes and increase servicification of manufacturing. Nubong argues that with breaking away from the proverbial resource curse and taking advantage of its demographic dividend and growing economies, Africa can chart a different future for itself within a developmental regionalism paradigm.
Gabila Fohtung Nubong is associate professor at North West University, South Africa.
Chapter 1: Why a book on Developmental Regionalism and the Political Economy of Africa’s Integration
Chapter 2: The History of Africa’s integration and Common Challenges
Chapter 3: Key Milestones and Treaties guiding Africa’s Political and Economic Integration
Chapter 4: A comparison of Europe’s and Africa’s experiences of regional integration
Chapter 5: A case for Developmental Regionalism in Africa’s Integration
Chapter 6: Africa’s Industrialization within A Developmental Regionalism Paradigm
Chapter 7: The Future of African Integration, Emerging Issues and Implications for the Developmental Regionalism Paradigm
About the Author
Leaders in Africa have been talking about regional cooperation and integration since the early 1960s. They desired unity in the hope it would lead to development and growth. Nubong goes through the time line and content of different regional and continental organizations since the 1960s.…Nubong discusses the success, or lack thereof, of these ventures and compares integration efforts in Africa to those in Western Europe. Nubong promotes developmental regionalism or an integration effort that combines with development objectives. He also sees industrialization as important to development in Africa and argues that integration could help foster industrial growth.… Nubong is aware of the problems that exist in many African countries, such as poor infrastructure, but still sees structural change leading to greater productivity and higher levels of economic growth within the framework of integration. The book offers a comprehensive look at integration efforts in Africa. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty.
In an era where new forms of nationalisms are emerging globally including Afrophobia in Africa, the reality of our interconnected world emphasized by the Covid-19 pandemic and renewed superpower competition in Africa, this book on the need for developmental regionalism in the continent could not have come at a better time. The author reiterates a persuasive argument for Africa to leverage the moment by integrating for development with a sound case for industrialization that makes the book a good read.
This book provides an insightful analysis of developmental regionalism in Africa. As against the dominant market approach to regional integration, the value of this book lies in the different approach taken by the author to foreground regionalism as a tool for socioeconomic development in Africa. More importantly, in view of the newly launched Africa Continental Free Trade Area, which aimed at the structural transformation of Africa’s economy, this book is a timely addition to the growing literature on regionalism.