EU as Mentor? Promoting Regionalism as External Relations Practice in EU-Africa Relations

Haastrup, Toni (2013) EU as Mentor? Promoting Regionalism as External Relations Practice in EU-Africa Relations. Journal of European Integration, 35 (7). pp. 785-800. ISSN 0703-6337. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2012.744754) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines regionalism in the context of the EU inter-regional relations with Africa. It especially focuses on the EU–African Union (AU) relationship. It evaluates this relationship using a typology based on the policy diffusion literature and challenges the notion that the AU is a model of the EU. It addresses the institutionalisation of Africa’s own regional integration process in the context of the EU’s broader external relations practice, which prioritises support for local processes. Rather than a model, the article argues that the EU is best placed to serve as mentor to the AU as the latter seeks to foster regional integration in Africa. By mentoring, the EU is able to fulfil its overarching external relations commitments to local ownership, and realise deepened further integration in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Diffusion, EU–Africa relations, local ownership, mentor, regionalism, external relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Toni Haastrup
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 18:19 UTC
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 10:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38130 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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