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A five lenses framework for analysing the political economy in regional integration

Discussion Paper 178

May 2015

Byiers, B., Vanheukelom, J., Kingombe, C.K.M. 2015. A five lenses framework for analysing the political economy in regional integration. (Discussion Paper 178). Maastricht: ECDPM.

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Key messages:

Regional cooperation and regional integration are often complex processes with seemingly intractable obstacles and drivers.

An analytical tool consisting of five political economy lenses helps detect the actors and clarify the factors driving or blocking regional processes.

Two examples – one on country level drive behind regional cooperation in the EAC and one in the transport sector – illustrate the tool’s usefulness and relevance.

Political economy diagnostics can help inform dialogue with and among a range of state and non- state actors at national and regional levels on the feasibility of envisaged reforms.

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