Advancing a constructivist conceptual approach, this book explains the surprising outcome of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (the ACP countries). Despite the EU's huge market power, it had limited success with the EPAs; an outcome that confounds materialist narratives equating trade power with market size. Why was the EU unable to fully realise its prospectus for trade and regulatory liberalisation through the EPA negotiations? Emphasising the role of social legitimacy in asymmetrical North-South trade negotiations, Murray-Evans sets the EPAs within the broader context of an institutionally complex global trade regime and stresses the agency of both weak and strong actors in contesting trade rules and practices across multilateral, regional and bilateral negotiating settings. Empirical chapters approach the EPA process from different institutional angles to explain and map the genesis, design, promotion and ultimately limited impact of the EU's ambitious prospectus for the EPAs. This volume will be particularly relevant to students and scholars of international trade and development and the EU as an international actor, as well as those researching international political economy, African politics and international trade law.
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Cover; Half Title; Book Title; Copyright; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Figures; Tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1 Introduction; Power in the trade regime; The EPAs in context: trade power in a changing global order; Methodology and research base; Structure of the book; Notes; References; 2 Power, institutions and legitimacy in trade politics; Trends in the contemporary trade landscape; The paradox of rising developing countries; (Mis)understanding power in contemporary trade politics; A constructivist approach to power, legitimacy and institutions Power and legitimacy in a complex trade regimeConclusion; Note; References; 3 The evolving rules and practice of trade with developing countries: from Lomé to Cotonou; The evolution of SDT in the global trade regime; Contesting the future of the Lomé Convention; The outcome: the Cotonou Agreement and WTO compatibility; Conclusion; Notes; References; 4 North-South PTAs and the multilateral system: contesting the EPAs; The EPAs and the evolving multilateral system; Contesting the EPAs; The conclusion of interim EPAs; Conclusion; Notes; References; 5 Regionalisms collide: the EPAs in Africa A brief history of the EU and African regionalismTowards market integration?; Negotiating regional EPAs in Africa; Conclusion; Notes; References; 6 Institutions and agency on the periphery: the SADC EPA; Trade and development trajectories in southern Africa; Contesting the EPA in southern Africa, 2004-2009; Fostering regional agreement, 2009 to 2014; Conclusion; Notes; References; 7 Conclusion: trade power in a shifting global order; The argument in context: developing countries in a changing global trade order; Summing up; Notes; References; Index
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