Economic Partnership (dis)Agreements- EU-ECOWAS trade and development relations in the 21st century.

Federico Jensen & Emil Weis Brix

Student thesis: Bachelor project


This paper examines the EU-ECOWAS relation with a focus on the yet to be signed Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the two regions. It does so from a critical international
political economy and a developmental economics perspective. Methodologically it examines
the case using the method of historical structures as proposed by Robert Cox, using policy
documents, secondary sources and interviews conducted in Brussels, examining them using a
critical discourse analysis with insights drawn from developmental economics. This paper
argues that the EPA constrains policy space for the ECOWAS member states and undermines
the regional integration efforts in the area. Furthermore it is argued that there is a discrepancy
between the discourse in the official policy documents which emphasises country ownership
and policy space when juxtaposed to the negotiation and content of the agreement. Lastly it
argues that this relationship is informed and contributes to a world order which could be
characterised as liberal multilateralism, exemplified by the internationalisation of the state with a
focus on creating environments conducive to business.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Social Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) Bachelor
Publication date28 May 2017
Number of pages61
SupervisorsSanne Brasch Kristensen