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Towards an analytical framework of regional integration in Western Balkans

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  • Sklias, Pantelis
  • Tsampra, Maria

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The paper focuses on the regional integration of Western Balkans and its prospects. We enrich mainstream political economic approaches by a framework assessing regional integration with the use of political, cultural, institutional and economic variables: coincidence in political interests and national barriers; common perceptions, values, principles and culture; restructuring and maturity of institutions; production complementarities, trade flows and financial transactions; technology and infrastructures. Evaluating these variables in the Western Balkans, we conclude that integration can proceed through a top-down enforced process by the EU or the International Community rather, than through individual efforts of the region’s nation-states.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 36504.

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Keywords: Regional integration; Western Balkans; political economy variables;

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