Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63244
Authors: 
Laakso, Liisa
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/52
Abstract: 
African regional organizations’ increasing activity in security policy is usually approached through the concept of a ‘security community’, which can only partially clarify their difficult situation. A multilevel governance model is suggested as a more useful approach in a situation where economic cooperation is weak, member states’ principles of governance diverge, and they themselves might be part of security problems. Security community is not a necessary condition for a regional organization to play a role in the field of security. By new intra-regional and cross-level relationships with the international community and civil society, regional organizations can become important security actors in Africa.
Subjects: 
African Union
regional economic communities
integration
multilevel governance
security community
JEL: 
F02
O19
R11
ISBN: 
9291907359
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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