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Title:The European Union (EU) and the Commodity Debate: From Trade to Aid
Author:Orbie, JanISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:trade policy
international trade
European Union
international relations
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240701449695
Abstract:This paper departs from the renewed interest in commodity market regulation and assesses the position of the European Union (EU) on supply-management in tropical commodities. It focuses mainly on the EU's evolving trade policy towards the former colonies of Africa. After sketching the resurgence of the commodity debate on the international trade front, it recapitulates the thesis that Europe's trade relations shifted from innovative and interventionist arrangements in the 1970s, to a neoliberal outlook by the end of the 1990s. Based on this historical account, the paper examines whether the EU's role has changed during the commodity debate since 2003-2004. It makes clear that, although EU policymakers and institutions have addressed the issue, supply-management schemes are not considered. Without challenging the mainstream approach to commodity trade, Europe's initiatives with regard to export stabilization, commodity protocols and market access rather show an evolution 'from trade to aid'. The paper concludes with a number of explanations for this recent shift. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]