The Evolution of the African Union Commission and Africrats: Drivers of African Regionalisms

Authored by: Thomas Kwasi Tieku

The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754677628
eBook ISBN: 9781315613499
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041863


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The prominent position international bureaucrats (henceforth, supranational actors) occupy in regional institutions is a distinct feature of new regionalism. International bureaucratic structures have emerged to become the so-called ‘public face’ of contemporary regional organisations and institutions. Major regional organisations such as the European Union (EU), the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Caribbean Community, and the African Union (AU) have established bureaucratic organisations with assertive personalities to manage their broader interests. Increasingly, bureaucrats establish the agenda for these regional organisations and institutions, develop new policy for member states, execute the decisions made by elected or appointed officials, and administer the various human and financial resources under the aegis of these regional bodies. There is no region in the world unaffected by the decisions and actions of these supranational actors. Yet we know surprisingly little about them, apart from the insights provided by EU institutions.

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