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West African Policy Networks

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Presentation by Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark and University of Florida, at the 2017 European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) in Basel, Switzerland. The presentation took place on 30 June during the special presentation of the SWAC/OECD publication "Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa".

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West African Policy Networks

  1. 1. CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION AND POLICY NETWORKS IN WEST AFRICA Basel, 30 June 2017
  2. 2. Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  3. 3. Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  4. 4. WEST AFRICAN POLICY NETWORKS Basel, 30 June 2017 Olivier Walther Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark and University of Florida
  5. 5. • Who are the policy actors? • How are they connected? • What is the impact of borders?
  6. 6. • Who are the policy actors? • How are they connected? • What is the impact of borders?
  7. 7. • A relational approach • 137 interviews actortie
  8. 8. • Information vs power network • With whom do you exchange information? • Who do you think are the most important actors? • Regional vs local network • Organizations vs individuals
  9. 9. • Are policy makers densely connected or do they bridge disconnected groups?
  10. 10. Regional organizations • A center- periphery network Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  11. 11. West Africa – Information network • The role of information brokers Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  12. 12. Lake Chad – Power network • A fragmented network Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  13. 13. • Homophily • Tendency for similar people to associate with each other • Do policy makers exchange more across borders than within their country?
  14. 14. West Africa – Homophily • An homophilous network Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  15. 15. Liptako Gourma – Homophily • An homophilous network Source: OECD/SWAC 2017
  16. 16. • Social structure • Decentralized networks well adapted to cross-border cooperation • Border effects • More pronounced at the regional than local level • Senegal River – power within OMVS • Liptako: balanced power relationships, small cities • Lake Chad: fragmented, unequal distribution of power, institutional boundaries

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