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Authors: Plank, Friedrich
Keijzer, Niels
Niemann, Arne
Title: Outside-in politicization of EU–Western Africa relations : what role for civil society organizations?
Online publication date: 17-Nov-2022
Year of first publication: 2021
Language: english
Abstract: This article explores the empirical relevance of researching outside-in politicization processes in European studies. To this end, it examines to what extent and how civil society organizations (CSOs) have contributed to the politicization of EU policies towards Western Africa in two cases: the negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements and the EU's engagement with the G5 Sahel. CSOs were strongly engaged in the trade negotiations, while they were largely excluded from the G5 Sahel process. In both cases this was due to CSOs' own initiatives, or the absence thereof, with these strongly linked to being either invited or discouraged by official actors. The article argues that authority transfer and the domestic context – including state fragility and state–society relations – are relevant to explaining the (non-)involvement of CSOs in outside-in politicization.
DDC: 320 Politik
320 Political science
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY-NC
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Journal: Journal of common market studies
Pages or article number: 161
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publisher place: Oxford
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 1468-5965
Publisher DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13144
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