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View the PDF document Rethinking regionalism for small island developing states : the case of the Caribbean and the Pacific
Author: Edwards, Danielle Indiana Demetrius
Institution: The University of the South Pacific
Award: M.A. Politics & International Affairs
Subject: Regionalism -- Caribbean Area, Regionalism -- Islands of the Pacific, Interregionalism -- Caribbean Area, Interregionalism -- Islands of the Pacific, Caribbean Area -- Foreign relations, Islands of the Pacific -- Foreign relations
Date: 2017
Call No.: Pac HC 151 .E39 2017
BRN: 1350412
Copyright:20-40% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: The establishment of the European Economic Community and its integration achievements enthused those within the developing world who believed that the EU’s success was replicable. Thus the region has influenced the formation of regional organizations, free trade areas, and single market economies in developing regions. Since the 1970s both the Caribbean Community(CARICOM) and the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) have implemented a significant number of institutions and frameworks creating economies of scale, overcoming fragmentation, and liberalizing trade in the hopes of development. The EU themselves have pushed for the diffusion of the model throughout developing countries. They lay claim to the idea that not only is the model key to development it is applicable to the context of any and every developing region. In spite of the integration efforts of the Pacific and the Caribbean and the claims of applicability by Europe, regional integration has been framed by significant challenges, exacerbated by increasing poverty levels and underdevelopment. This has therefore led to an upsurge of contending ideologies regarding the usefulness of the model. Some have argued that the challenges are indicative that the model has failed and needs to be re-examined while there are those who argue that the emergence of challenges indicate that even deeper integration is necessary arguing that integration is the only way that small island states will survive globalization. This thesis is therefore focused on exploring the rationale for pursuing regional integration and thereafter assess in what way it has impacted on the developmental capacities of both regions. F
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