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Title: Assessing EU aid to the ‘southern partners’ of the European neighbourhood policy: Who benefits from the reforms in the agricultural and industrial sector?
Authors: Kourtelis, Christos
Keywords: European Neighbourhood Policy
Arab Spring
European Union
North Africa
Agricultural reforms
Standardisation
Putnam
Two-level game analysis
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: KOURTELIS, C., 2015. Assessing EU aid to the ‘southern partners’ of the European neighbourhood policy: Who benefits from the reforms in the agricultural and industrial sector? Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9(2), pp. 190-211.
Abstract: © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This article critically assesses the claims of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) to support the economic development of ‘southern rim’ states. By amending Putnam’s two-level game analysis, the paper exposes the interactions between domestic, national and supranational actors and demonstrates the outcomes of the ENP reforms in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Particular attention is given to the contribution of the ENP to the development of a dual agricultural market in these countries and to the effects of standardization for North African businesses. The article concludes by arguing that in both case studies, and despite the changes brought by the ‘Arab Spring’, (recalibrated) elites still retain established vertical ties with domestic businesses (especially small and medium-sized enterprises)—a situation that benefits certain EU industrial and agricultural companies as well.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding on 24 Mar 2015, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/17502977.2015.1020736.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2015.1020736
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/32986
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/17502977.2015.1020736
ISSN: 1750-2977
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