The African Union (AU) aims at creating an African Economic Community (AEC) by 2034. Eight recognized Regional Economic Communities (REC) are supposed to form the building blocs of the AEC. The book shows that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is currently the most advanced and promising REC but still behind schedule in reaching its own integration objectives. If the currently most successful of the African RECs may not achieve sufficiently deep regional integration in time then the chances to establish the AEC by 2034 are slim indeed. Combining economic and political analysis the author examines SADC, its achievements and potential in detail. Special reference is given to the impact of the Zimbabwe crisis on regional integration.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 339 pp., 2 fig., num. tables and graphs
Contents: Regional Integration and Development – Neo-classical model of regional integration – Historical dimensions of regional
integration – Building blocs of the African Economic Community – Southern African Development Community – Economic and political
dimensions of SADC integration – Impact of Zimbabwe crisis.