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Title: The effects of economic unions on developing countries
Author: Deabes, T. M. N. S.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2003
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One of the most noticeable trends in the international economy since the 1950s, has been the emergence of regional economic blocs. Such blocs operate at varying levels of economic integration and cover all regions of the world. Since the collapse of the soviet union these trading blocs are dominated by the industrialised and developed nations, although developing countries in south America and Africa have initialised the process towards regional economic integration. These attempts are based on the belief that encouragement of free trade, reduction of trade barriers and increasing market freedom leads to increases in economic welfare of participating members. One noticeable omission to this process of regionalisation has been the countries of north Africa and the Middle east. These countries are marked by cultural, religious and political affiliations which would seem to provide a platform for economic co-operation. Egypt is a major economy within this potential regional grouping. To date little substantial progress has been made towards economic co-operation in the region. The thesis provides a summary of the background to economic union and considers, from an Egyptian perspective, the possible benefits of increased levels of economic integration within the region.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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