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Title: Decent Work and Indecent Trade Agendas : The European Union and ACP Countries
Authors: Langan, Mark C. E.
First Published: 27-Feb-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Citation: Contemporary Politics, 2014, 20(1), pp. 23-35
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13569775.2014.881602
ISSN: 1356-9775
eISSN: 1469-3631
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Taylor and Francis, 2014. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Contemporary Politics on 27 Feb 2014, available online: Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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