Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis (Access Restricted)

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

Committee Chair

Matthias Kaelberer

Committee Member

Dursun Peksen

Committee Member

Nicole Angelle Detraz


The introduction of state-system in West Africa thatt was meant to politically empower the people by the colonial Europe in the last century altered the traditional political system of the natives. Despite its potentials, it has not been able to alleviate their economic and political problems. It has rather exacerbated their political identity crisis thereby creating a need to search for an alternative political system that may serve the people better, especially their political identity need. That alternative in the view of this thesis can be found in the model of regionalization that is represented today in West Africa by the ECOWAS community that includes 15 countries. Yet, for this new political model to work, it needs to adopt EU's fully integrated supranational form that is diffferent from the way ECOWAS is presently organized. Only then will it be able to contribute meaningfully to the people's political identity problems.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.