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Title:Dilemmas of East African cooperation: domestic audience and Prisoner's Dilemma approaches on regional integration
Author:Magu, Stephen M.
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subjects:East African Community
international relations
economic integration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2015.1067997
Abstract:Regional cooperation in East Africa before and after independence has been through various institutions. The first East African Community (EAC) existed from 1967 to 1977; it was revived in 1999. Since then, there has been a mixture of cooperation, and intransigence in reforming internal processes for full EAC treaty implementation. No member state has utilised referenda to validate their positions, despite stated actions in 'public interest'. This research uses theoretical assumptions of domestic audience and Prisoner's Dilemma approaches to evaluate two instances where Tanzania cooperated with partner states, and two non-cooperation instances. The author hypothesises that domestic audience and Prisoner's Dilemma approaches provide insight into Tanzania's choices. This research applies paradigms of studying cooperation problems to regional institutions in Third World Countries (TWCs). The author argues that just as in great powers, TWCs contend with problems of cooperation and sanctions from their audiences, given the potential effect on the various constituencies in the country. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]