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Towards an analytical framework of regional integration in Western Balkans


  • Sklias, Pantelis
  • Tsampra, Maria


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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  • Sklias, Pantelis & Tsampra, Maria, 2012. "Towards an analytical framework of regional integration in Western Balkans," MPRA Paper 36504, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:36504

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    Regional integration; Western Balkans; political economy variables;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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