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WAI-ZEI Paper No. 32 / 2016

Michael Amoah Awuah: The ECOWAS Area without Internal Borders: Lessons from EU Cross-Border Mobility. Praia/Bonn 2016.

The WAI-ZEI paper at hand reviews the literature on (African) borders, mobility theory and border crossings in West Africa. By doing so, a setting for the generation of 11 hypotheses towards understanding open internal borders and cross-border activity in the context of a regional integration process is provided. Commencing with a summary of the definitions of the theories of (liberal) intergovernmentalism, constructivism and new regionalism, the conceptual framework for comparing the Benelux-Schengen Process in the EU and ECOWAS is established.

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