Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Mehran Tamadonfar

Number of Pages



In this thesis I will explain how Sub-Saharan Africa has struggled through globalization and interdependence. I will discuss the major theories, which have evolved in the integration literature since the 1960's after the independence of these former colonies. In addition, I will show how scholars in the field of international relations and cooperation have attempted to define and redefine "Integration" and resolved conceptual confusion facing students and scholars in this field. Furthermore, I will show why the applicability of "traditional" integration theories, which have worked well in such regions as Europe, and applied in Sub-Saharan Africa, failed to produce the same satisfactory results. Also, I will discuss the ideas of some integration theorists from Sub-Saharan Africa, who came with their own frameworks for the integration to work in the region. I will explain the applicability of other frameworks such as dependency theories and developmentalism, which have been used to explain Third world conditions, Sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Further, I will explain why integration among developing countries depends on the effects of successful creation of regional markets (whether they are bilateral or multilateral) and the prospective gains from trade liberalization. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


Africa; Growth; Regionalism; Saharan; Sub

Controlled Subject

Political science; International law; Social structure

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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