EU trade and development policy beyond the ACP: Subordinating developmental to commercial imperatives in the reform of GSP

Gabriel Siles-Brügge

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Abstract

Following the stagnation of negotiations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific states, the centrepiece of the European Union's (EU's) trade and development strategy has been a reform of the Generalised System of Preferences. Although policy-makers in the Commission's Directorate General for Trade have argued they are 'refocusing' these preferences on the 'neediest', by rendering a significant proportion of emerging economies' exports ineligible for the scheme, this article argues that the reform is actually part of a broader 'reciprocity' agenda being pursued in the context of the current economic crisis. This is about ensuring the EU possesses sufficient offensive leverage in ongoing free trade agreement negotiations, rather than representing any mercantilist move towards greater domestic protection. In arguing that the EU's developmental trade agenda is increasingly subordinated to commercial imperatives, this article adds to a literature that has situated the study of EU trade and development policy within the field of political economy. © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-62
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Politics
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • development
  • European Union
  • Generalised System of Preferences
  • trade

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