Moving from ‘central exclusivity’ to cooperative federalism in the international economic participation of federal systems : A case study of Nigeria

Omiunu, Ohiocheoya
Moving from ‘central exclusivity’ to cooperative federalism in the international economic participation of federal systems : A case study of Nigeria. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Conventionally, the conduct of foreign relations (including international economic relations) by nation-states has been the exclusive preserve of the central tier of government (i.e. ‘central exclusivity’ in foreign relations). However, the peculiarities of federal systems have posed a serious challenge to this conventional position. This is because federalism is based on principles which require shared powers between multiple levels of government. As such, Sub-Federal Governments (SFGs) have been known to affect the operation of international norms in federal systems. Furthermore, the international system is constantly evolving due to geopolitical changes, most notably globalisation. These changes in the international system have facilitated an increased participation of SFGs in international relations and as a consequence brought into question the continued relevance of conventional norms pertaining to foreign relations in international law. With regards to Nigeria, and in the specific context of international economic relations, empirical evidence shows that since the start of the 4th democratic Republic in 1999, SFGs in Nigeria are increasingly accessing international markets and engaging in activities which have direct and/or indirect impact on Nigeria’s international economic relations. This trend contradicts the constitutional position in Nigeria, where the extant theoretical framework underpinning Nigeria’s international economic participation gives plenary powers for foreign relations to the Federal Government (FG). In light of this contradiction, this thesis examines the divergence between theory and reality in Nigeria’s international economic relations. This thesis puts forward a proposition that the functional reality of international economic interactions in the current dispensation necessitates a re-assessment of the existing framework underpinning the relationship between domestic (federal) and international regimes in international economic relations. In the context of Nigeria, this thesis concludes that the changing dynamics of international economic relations necessitates a shift from central exclusivity to a cooperative federalism model.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: THESIS PROCESSED. JULY 2015 GRADUATION. (cm 05.02.15) Date: 2014-06 (completed)
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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 09:50
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 01:27
DOI: 10.17638/02006420