Economic integration : economic cooperation organization
With the dawning of the Post-Cold War Era, economic stability and viability has increasingly become the measure of might for nation-states. With this emphasis on economic growth and the desire for a global economic presence, comes emphasis on the tools which nation-states have chosen to obtain this position. International cooperation through economic integration has drawn increasing attention as a tool of economic growth. A vast amount of work on economic integration has centered around European integration and the developmental process of the European Union. Using the background of prior work on integration, international cooperation and prominent theories of integration, this thesis examines the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) as an international organization to promote integration among its members. ECO is made up of ten Western and Central Asian countries including Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and six former Soviet Republics. This region and this organization are of increasing global interest due to the wealth of natural resources in certain countries of the region and the organization's potential to mobilize these resources. Using volume of trade data between members of ECO as an indicator of economic integration, ECO is analyzed in light of background and theories of integration built around an industrial world model. The trend of integration within the organization and the possible explanatory value of certain prominent theories of integration are addressed.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Harris, Audrey Lynn, "Economic integration : economic cooperation organization" (1997). HIM 1990-2015. 87.