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The Institutional Transformation of the Economic Community of West African States - Product Image

The Institutional Transformation of the Economic Community of West African States

  • ID: 357452
  • August 2005
  • Region: Africa
  • 190 Pages
  • Ashgate Publishing

This book examines regional economic integration in West Africa within the context of the institutional evolution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It uses the tools of the New Institutional Economics School (NIE) to explore the origins and development of the most recent ECOWAS Treaty. Particular attention is given to the interface between domestic legal arrangements and the success of open markets at the regional and international levels.

Preface

Introduction

Schools of thought for the study of ECOWAS: new institutional
economics and ordoliberalism.

The origins and evolution of regional integration in West Africa

The revised ECOWAS Treaty

The exclusion of domestic interests from decision-making within ECOWAS constituent units.

The utility of National Courts and private citizens in ECOWAS

Recent centralizing tendencies in the community

Conclusion

Appendix

Index

'A significant contribution to the scholarship on the challenges to economic integration among African States.' Professor Ben Chigara, Director, Centre for International & Public Law, Brunel University, UK

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