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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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  • Libman, Alexander & Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2010. "Holding together regionalism and the interaction of functional bureaucracies," MPRA Paper 23217, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23217
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    1. Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2009. "The CIS Common Electric Power Market," MPRA Paper 20910, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2010. "The Evolution of Kаzakhstan's Position on Relations with Russia in 1991-2010," MPRA Paper 22187, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Libman, Alexander & Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2010. "Is it really different? Patterns of regionalisation in the post-Soviet Central Asia," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 155, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
    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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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy

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