It is increasingly recognised that EU development cooperation policy has failed to meet its stated aims. In this book, available for the first time in paperback, Arts and Dickson ask the obvious and important question: if the policy doesn't work, why bother with it?
The authors assess why EU development policy has become largely ineffective, citing among the external causal factors the liberalisation of trade, and the growing influence of US and international actors such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund upon EU policy. It also considers contributing factors within the EU such as the enlargement of its membership and the resulting shifts in priorities.
It is this analysis of internal and external factors affecting the decline of EU development policy that makes this study both innovative and unique. It brings together an impressive range of contributors from different disciplines resulting in a thorough and intelligent assessment of the debate.
This study will appeal to advanced level undergraduates and academics of European politics in general, EU integration, development studies, and International Relations. -- .
, Anna Dickson
, Anna K. Dickson
Manchester University Press
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02 November 2009
Professional and scholarly
1. EU development cooperation, from model to symbol? - Karin Arts and Anna K. Dickson 2. From uniqueness to uniformity? An assessment of EU development aid policies - William Brown 3. The unimportance of trade preferences - Anna K. Dickson 4. The ACP in the European Union's network of regional relationships: Still unique or just one in the crowd? - Karen E. Smith 5. Changing european concerns: Security and complex political emergencies instead of development - Gorm Rye Olsen 6. Changing interests in EU development cooperation: The impact of EU membership and advancing integration - Karin Arts 7. 'Sense and sensibility': The role of France and French interests in European development policy since 1957 - Anne-Sophie Claeys 8. The commission and development policy: Bureaucratic politics in EU aid from the Lome Leap forward to the difficulties of adapting to the 21st century - Adrian Hewitt and Kaye Whiteman 9. Conclusions: The potential and limits of EU development cooperation policy - Karin Arts and Anna K. Dickson -- .
Karin Arts is Associate Professor in International Law and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. Anna K. Dickson is Lecturer in International Relations in the Politics Department of the University of Durham, UK.
Reviews for Eu Development Cooperation: From Model to Symbol
I enjoyed this book. The authors provide rich detail on the twists and turns of European aid, trade and political engagement with the developing world. More important, however, they deploy the tools of political science and international relations to explain policy, not just describe it. Better theory -- like this -- is the necessary underpinning of better policy. --Simon Maxwell, Director, Overseas Development Institute and President, Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland