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State, Region And Space In Africa

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Dynamic regionalist processes are globally unfolding, not least the formation of micro-regions. The African continent is filled with a multitude of cross-border micro-regions. The projects known as Spatial Development Initiatives (SDIs) and development corridors have emerged as the most distinct form of policy driven micro-regionalism in eastern and southern Africa. This chapter seeks to move such analysis forward by using a greater sample of African micro-regions, in order to reflect on states, regions and the respacing of Africa. It considers the debate on regionalism in Africa and shows that our analysis springs from the works that try to understand the making and unmaking of regions and regional spaces. The chapter also integrates concepts and research culled from the Africanist literature regarding the essential conceptual tool of neopatrimonialism and the power of neoliberalism in Africa.

Keywords: Africa; micro-regions; neoliberalism; neopatrimonialism; regional spaces; regionalism; Spatial Development Initiatives (SDIs)



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