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Decent Work and Indecent Trade Agendas : The European Union and ACP Countries

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posted on 2016-02-18, 10:02 authored by Mark C. E. Langan
The European Commission has promised to promote decent work in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries through pro-poor direct investment and livelihood-creating trade deals. Aligning with the discourse of the International Labour Organisation, the European Commission seeks to achieve ‘fair globalisation’ in which economic growth is translated into decent jobs. Applying a moral economy perspective, however, the article argues that there is a disjuncture between the norms espoused under the Decent Work Agenda and the tangible implications of European interventions in ACP economies. Specifically, Economic Partnership Agreements will have deleterious consequences for the lives of many poorer producers and workers in ACP countries. The provision of Aid for Trade for decent work, moreover, may not deliver meaningful decent work opportunities in ACP countries. In this analysis, the article explores the emergent normativity-outcomes gap in this sphere of European Union external relations.

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Citation

Contemporary Politics, 2014, 20(1), pp. 23-35

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Politics and International Relations

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Contemporary Politics

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

issn

1356-9775

eissn

1469-3631

Acceptance date

2014-01-01

Copyright date

2014

Available date

2016-02-18

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13569775.2014.881602

Language

en

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