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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Trade and aid? The negotiated construction of European Union policy on economic partnership agreements.

Author

  • Ole Elgström

Summary, in English

Efforts by the European Commission and by leading member states, to normatively frame the debate about trade - and thus rhetorically entrap other actors by references to previous commitments - are ubiquitous; and member states do take account of the potential effects of their actions, in terms of potential praise or shaming, and adapt their behaviour to the institutional setting. However, this holds true only up to a certain limit. If sensitivity to domestic constituencies is high enough and the issue gets politicized, then member states may break ranks regardless of institutionalized normative constraints, especially if the issue-area is linked to proclaimed key self-images of the government. External pressure can also play its part. Indeed, the Commission's reluctant decision to include development sections in the final offer was arguably not only the result of internal member state activity, but also of pressure from the EU's counterpart - Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific - whose main bargaining objective was to include strong and effective development provisions in the final agreement. International Politics (2009) 46, 451-468. doi: 10.1057/ip.2009.2; published online 1 May 2009

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2009

Language

English

Pages

451-468

Publication/Series

International Politics

Volume

46

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • trade
  • European Commission
  • aid
  • economic policy
  • ACP

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1384-5748