News from Jun 21, 2012
We are pleased to announce that KFG Working Paper No. 40 "Transformations on Whose Terms? Understanding the New EU-ACP Trade Relations from the Outside In" has been published.
The author Ulrike Lorenz scrutinizes the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and seven regional groupings formed by the ACP countries have led to the EU being maneuvered into an unexpectedly weak position. Within her paper, she applies a comparative ‘outside-in perspective’ from the ACP countries’ side towards the EU which is essential to understand the puzzling EPA negotiation process and its (preliminary) outcomes. Based upon this perspective, she argues that the negotiations were rather determined by regional dynamics, different negotiation structures of individual EPA configurations, and the role of regional hegemons than by the EU’s actions and positions.
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