The Normative Distinctiveness of the European Union in International Development: Stepping Out of the Shadow of the World Bank?

19 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017

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Jan Orbie

Ghent University

Sarah Delputte

Ghent University

Fabienne Bossuyt

Ghent University

Petra Debusscher

University of Antwerp

Karen Del Biondo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Vicky Reynaert

Ghent University

Joren Verschaeve

Ghent University

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

Although the EU has shown a strong ambition to put a distinctive stamp on the international aid agenda over the past 15 years, it has also been pointed out that its policies suffer from a series of collective action problems. This article explores how both relate to one another. This article examines the EU's normative distinctiveness in contrast to the World Bank, focusing on policy norms in the field of governance, aid effectiveness and social development. We argue that collective action problems do not necessarily hamper EU distinctiveness: they are also a symptom of a strong EU desire to pressure European actors to come up with norms that pacify disagreements.

Keywords: European Union, World Bank, collective action, development cooperation, norms

Suggested Citation

Orbie, Jan and Delputte, Sarah and Bossuyt, Fabienne and Debusscher, Petra and Biondo, Karen Del and Reynaert, Vicky and Verschaeve, Joren, The Normative Distinctiveness of the European Union in International Development: Stepping Out of the Shadow of the World Bank? (July 2017). Development Policy Review, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 493-511, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12192

Jan Orbie (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

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Sarah Delputte

Ghent University ( email )

Gent, 9000
Belgium

Fabienne Bossuyt

Ghent University

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

Petra Debusscher

University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

Karen Del Biondo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Vicky Reynaert

Ghent University ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

Joren Verschaeve

Ghent University ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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