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The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The African Union

January 2016

Vanheukelom, J. 2016. The political economy of regional integration in Africa - The African Union. Maastricht: ECDPM.

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Together with Palladium and the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, ECDPM undertook a big research project from July 2014 until February 2016. This PERIA (political economy of regional integration in Africa) project aimed to answer the following questions: what drives and constrains regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this?

This case study looks at the African Union, and focuses on peace and security, infrastructure, food security, gender and climate change.


Read the African Union report


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More information about PERIA


For more information about the PERIA project and to read the different case studies, have a look at our dossier on the PERIA project.

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