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Holding together regionalism and the interaction of functional bureaucracies

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  • Libman, Alexander
  • Vinokurov, Evgeny

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The paper focuses on regional integration projects established by countries originally comprising a single political entity after its collapse. It shows that in this framework the existing economic ties between countries are likely to adversely affect the interests of functional bureaucracy to support regional integration given the cutting off the existing connections is often more promising from the point of view of the budget expansion. Hence, interaction of national and supranational bureaucracies is unlikely to generate impetus for increasing regional cooperation. On the other hand, external economic shocks are likely to boost “holding-together” regionalism. The empirical case for the analysis is that of the regional cooperation of the post-Soviet countries in the area of transportation and power utilities.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 23217.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23217

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Keywords: holding-together regionalism; regional integration; bureaucracy; post-Soviet countries;

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  1. Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2010. "The Evolution of Kаzakhstan's Position on Relations with Russia in 1991-2010," MPRA Paper 22187, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2009. "The CIS Common Electric Power Market," MPRA Paper 20910, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  1. Libman, Alexander & Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2010. "Is it really different? Patterns of regionalization in the post-Soviet Central Asia," MPRA Paper 21062, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Kurmanalieva, Elvira & Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2011. "Holding together or falling apart:Results of gravity equation of the CIS trade," MPRA Paper 32003, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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