The Decent Work Agenda and ACP-EU Relations

Paper presented at the EUSA Biennial Conference, Baltimore, USA, May 9th-11th, 2013

25 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2013

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Mark Langan

Leeds Metropolitan University

Date Written: June 10, 2013

Abstract

The European Commission has promised to promote decent work in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries through facilitation of pro-poor direct investment and livelihood-creating trade deals. Aligning with the discourse of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Commission seeks to ensure that ‘globalisation works for the poor’ and that economic growth is translated into decent jobs and poverty reduction. The paper argues, however, that there is disjuncture between the norms of the European Commission as espoused under the Decent Work Agenda and the tangible implications of European interventions in ACP economies. The implementation of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) will have deleterious consequences for the lives of many poorer producers and workers in ACP agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The provision of Aid for Trade for Decent Work, moreover, may not deliver meaningful decent work opportunities in ACP countries.

Keywords: EU, Africa, ACP, trade, development, decent work, ILO

Suggested Citation

Langan, Mark, The Decent Work Agenda and ACP-EU Relations (June 10, 2013). Paper presented at the EUSA Biennial Conference, Baltimore, USA, May 9th-11th, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276947 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2276947

Mark Langan (Contact Author)

Leeds Metropolitan University ( email )

Leeds, LS2 8AF
United Kingdom

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