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Eu Development Cooperation From Model to Symbol by Karin Arts

Eu Development Cooperation From Model to Symbol


Eu Development Cooperation From Model to Symbol by Karin Arts

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. -- .


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

About the Author

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 -- .

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Publication date

1st November 2009


Karin Arts

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Manchester University Press


172 pages




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