Politics of Trade Negotiations Between Africa and the European Economic Community: The Weak Confronts the Strong

Politics of Trade Negotiations Between Africa and the European Economic Community: The Weak Confronts the Strong

Copyright Date: 1971
Pages: 256
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    Politics of Trade Negotiations Between Africa and the European Economic Community: The Weak Confronts the Strong
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    How do the weak negotiate with the strong and win some benefits in spite of their lack of power? This book covers all the complex trade negotiations conducted in the 1960's between the African states and the EEC.

    Originally published in 1971.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-7193-3
    Subjects: Business, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-1)
    I. William Zartman
    (pp. 2-2)
  5. 1. Background to Negotiations
    (pp. 3-23)

    Ours is an era of diffused power. Three major, dynamic characteristics of contemporary international relations are polycentrism, decolonization, and development. The first two refer to the breakdown of bloc systems of preserving order in international relations. Polycentrism implies that ideological blocs are losing their polarized properties and that the scramble for allies has abated. While a great state still may have zones of influence, other great states can penetrate these zones and establish “good relations” with member states, who can then use these relations to open more options, gain greater freedom of action, and counterbalance the influence of the predominant...

  6. 2. Negotiating the Yaoundé Convention
    (pp. 24-76)

    Four pressures were operating on the EEC to revise its original Association agreement with 25 overseas countries and territories. One was the expiration and promised renewal of the “Application Convention relative to the Association,” which by the Rome Treaty (Rome 136) was to occur five years after the Convention’s entry into force, i.e., the end of 1962. Another was the accession of 16 Associates to independence during 1960 and two more before the expiration of the Convention. Guidelines for dealing with the first situation were provided by the same article that established the deadline, which stipulated that dispositions covering a...

  7. 3. Negotiations with Commonwealth Africa
    (pp. 77-115)

    Commonwealth Africa turned down Association with the European Common Market (“painfully”¹ negotiated for it by Britain) at the September 1962 Commonwealth Conference in London. The key country in the decision was Nigeria; Ghana had been and was to remain steadfastly opposed to Association as “a new system of collective colonialism which will be stronger and more dangerous than all the evils we are striving to liquidate”;² and the East African leaders were divided and undecided until the opening of the Conference. The other Commonwealth states of Africa were negligible elements in the decision.

    Commonwealth Africa’s rejection came from a mixture...

  8. 4. Negotiations with North Africa
    (pp. 116-161)

    The Maghrebi set of negotiations is African only in the geographical location of its applicants and in the broad context of weak-strong or developing-developed trade problems. When it comes to the details and specific subjects which provide the meat for discussion and the bones of contention, the Maghreb negotiations are clearly Mediterranean, and hence touch on problems and products that are part of the southern flank of the Community itself.¹ Except for edible fats, the Yaoundé and Commonwealth negotiations did not involve major products that compete with European production; the North African negotiations, on the other hand, stepped directly on...

  9. 5. Negotiations in the Eurafrican Institutions
    (pp. 162-199)

    It might be thought that once the Conventions had been signed, ratified, and put into operation, the signatories could then sit back and enjoy the effects of their Association. The fact that this was not possible for the Yaounde Associates testifies—at least in part—to the rapidly changing conditions affecting the developing world.¹ Negotiations continued, for essentially four reasons: (1) a number of points swept under the rug of the Convention remained to be settled; (2) political relations between African and European states continued to evolve; (3) African economic terms of trade worsened; (4) as 1969 approached, both sides...

  10. 6. Negotiations in General
    (pp. 200-228)

    Considering the length of time that states have bargained with each other, it is surprising that there has been so little analysis of the process of negotiation. Lately, however, there has been a sudden flurry of interest. Yet most of the new material is either a continuation of or an overreaction to old ways of looking at diplomacy. Assuming that purposefulness is as characteristic of students as of practitioners of diplomacy, the inadequacy of most current writing suggests that the subject is highly resistant to systematic study. The tendency of some writers to continue in the same old vein might...

  11. APPENDIX: Tables
    (pp. 231-234)
  12. Index
    (pp. 235-243)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 244-244)