Regionalisation in Africa: reflections on an unfinished conversation with Ian Taylor


  • Sarah Whiteford Independent scholar; Winnipeg



Regionalisation, Africa, Neo-patrimonialism, Maputo Development Corridor, New Regionalism Approach


This contribution discusses Ian Taylor’s article on ‘Globalization and regionalization in Africa: reactions to attempts at neo-liberal regionalism’ and what it reflects about Taylor’s contributions to the study of African politics and international relations for three reasons in particular: the re-conceptualisation of regionalism in the twenty-first century; the power and politics of regionalisation and space; and, finally, the potential of the applied policy implications of Taylor’s research.

Author Biography

Sarah Whiteford, Independent scholar; Winnipeg

Sarah Whiteford is a public policy practitioner, with research interests in policy discourse and design. Sarah is one of Ian Taylor's former PhD students (2005–2011), and her doctoral thesis examined cross-border micro-regionalism in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.