Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa

This publication examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa. It uses a pioneering methodology, known as social network analysis, to visualise the formal and informal relationships between actors involved in cross-border policy networks, showing that borders have notable and diverse impacts on exchanges of information and the relative power of networks. The report then analyses a range of regional indicators of co-operation potential, visually demonstrating that borders can also affect the ability of sub-regions within West Africa to develop cross-border initiatives in a number of ways. Combining these two analyses with the perceptions of regional policy makers as to which border areas they consider as priorities for regional integration, the publication concludes with the analytical foundations for more effective place-based policies that can enhance cross-border co-operation in West Africa.

Published on January 13, 2017Also available in: French

In series:West African Studiesview more titles


The Club
Foreword and acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms
Towards a new approach to cross-border co-operation4 chapters available
Cross‑border co‑operation in West Africa: Bridging the gap between research and policy
A relational approach to cross-border co-operation in West Africa
Regionalism, regional integration and regionalisation in West Africa
Social network analysis and cross‑border co‑operation in West Africa
Cross-border co-operation: Potential, networks and political priorities4 chapters available
Mapping cross border co-operation potential in West Africa
Integration in West Africa: The institutional landscape
West African cross‑border policy networks
Spatial representations and cross‑border co‑operation in West Africa
Powered by OECD iLibrary