The rationales behind the EU-OACPS agreement: process, outcome, contestations

Carbone, M. (2021) The rationales behind the EU-OACPS agreement: process, outcome, contestations. European Foreign Affairs Review, 26(2), pp. 243-264.

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Abstract

This article examines the rationales of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in the preparations and negotiations of the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, paying particular attention to contested issues. It argues that the EU-OACPS Agreement constitutes a fundamental break from past practices, at least apparently: with regards to form, it introduces an unprecedented framework for cooperation, articulated in a common base with three distinct regional pillars; in terms of substance, it proposes a list of equally important strategic priorities, thus going beyond the previous focus on development. Furthermore, unlike its predecessor but like many other agreements signed by the EU with third states, it sets out a comprehensive political partnership for mutually beneficial outcomes. This article, importantly, unravels sources of tensions between and within the two sides. It also shows that negotiations were more symmetrical than in previous instances, not least because contentious issues such as aid volumes and trade cooperation fall outside the remit of the EUOACPS Agreement, and less participatory, as they were largely conducted by a small number of official representatives, with limited involvement of other stakeholders.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carbone, Professor Maurizio
Authors: Carbone, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Foreign Affairs Review
Publisher:Kluwer Law International
ISSN:1384-6299
ISSN (Online):1875-8223
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands
First Published:First published in European Foreign Affairs Review 26(2):243-264
Publisher Policy:Reproduce in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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