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Contemporary expressions of the foreign relations of subnational governments in Africa: introduction to the special issue

Omiunu, Ohiocheoya, Nganje, Fritz (2024) Contemporary expressions of the foreign relations of subnational governments in Africa: introduction to the special issue. Contemporary Expressions of the Foreign Relations of Subnational Governments in Africa: Introduction to the Special Issue, . pp. 1-22. ISSN 1359-7566. E-ISSN 1743-9434. (doi:10.1080/13597566.2024.2361677) (KAR id:106072)

Abstract

This special issue explores contemporary foreign relations of African subnational governments (SNGs), a phenomenon popularly referred to as 'paradiplomacy.' In this introductory article, we examine the historical development of paradiplomacy research in Africa, highlighting its gradual progression from initial academic interests in the 1990s to its present state. The issue comprises four full-length articles focusing on case studies from Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana. These contributions to the special issue present salient examples of African subnational governments and cities engaging in external relations, which have hitherto been overlooked in the global literature. The issue aims to expand scholarly understanding of African paradiplomacy, underscoring its significance for broader debates on statehood, governance, socio-economic development, and international relations. It also seeks to elevate the profile of African paradiplomacy studies and set the future research agenda, urging further research to explore the implications and effectiveness of African SNGs operating in the international arena.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13597566.2024.2361677
Uncontrolled keywords: Paradiplomacy
Subjects: K Law
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Funders: University of Kent (https://ror.org/00xkeyj56)
Depositing User: Ohiocheoya Omiunu
Date Deposited: 24 May 2024 10:16 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2024 13:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/106072 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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