EU Aid for Trade: Mitigating Global Trade Injustices?

32 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2019

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Samuel Rueckert Brazys

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Politics and International Relations

Johanne Saltnes

ARENA Centre for European Studies

Arya Pillai

University College Dublin

Date Written: October 8, 2019

Abstract

Does European Union (EU) foreign economic policy contribute to global justice or does it further neo-colonial structures of economic dependence? To assess this question, we evaluate if and how the EU’s ‘Aid for Trade’ (AfT) efforts have impacted the political, institutional and economic relationships with six sub-Saharan African countries. After discussing the conceptualisation of global justice as non-domination, we evaluate how the AfT initiative has changed the politics and institutions of trade negotiations between Europe and its partner countries. We then take advantage of sub-national datasets on AfT and foreign direct investment (FDI) to see if EU AfT is effective in attracting FDI, either from its own source countries and/or from non-EU sources. Our findings are suggestive that EU AfT initiatives have mitigated global trade injustices by levelling the political, if not institutional, playing fields and by working to attract FDI from both EU and non-EU sources.

Keywords: Aid for Trade, neo-colonialism, dependency, foreign direct investment, global justice

Suggested Citation

Brazys, Samuel Rueckert and Saltnes, Johanne and Pillai, Arya, EU Aid for Trade: Mitigating Global Trade Injustices? (October 8, 2019). GLOBUS Research Paper 4/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3466115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3466115

Samuel Rueckert Brazys (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Politics and International Relations ( email )

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Johanne Saltnes

ARENA Centre for European Studies ( email )

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Oslo, 0318
Norway

Arya Pillai

University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

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