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Africa-Europe Relationship

A Multistakeholder Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Raffaele Marchetti


208 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-06-01
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The relationship between Africa and Europe is of high strategic importance. This volume studies the ongoing dynamics between the two continents by adopting a pluralist understanding of international relations which encompasses non-state actors as well as states.

Going beyond pure intergovernmentalism, this focus of this book is on activists, business people, religious believers, local politicians as well as transnational networks and by hybrid coalitions. Such plurality of socio-economic and political interactions underpinning the relationship between Africa and Europe is underexamined and yet of great importance. The text identifies new patterns of cooperation and recurrent obstacles in the African-European multistakeholder dynamics, thus opening the way for a more accurate understanding of the future relationship between Africa and Europe.

This book brings African and European reflections together, on an equal standing, in order to achieve a true dialogue among civilizations. This book is aimed at all those who are interested in the African-European relationship, including students and researchers, as well as activists, business people, civil servant and functionaries at local and national level.

Table of Contents

1. A more encompassing understanding of the Africa-European relationship
Raffaele Marchetti

Civil society organizations
2. European-South African elite collaboration, balanced by civil society solidarity
Patrick Bond
3. Mission, Development and ‘Reverse Mission’ in Europe-Africa Religious Relations
Dena Freeman
4. The Role of Think Tanks between Africa and the EU
Silvia Menegazzi
5. The Exacerbation of Community Confinement: Involved Social Forces and Effects on the Euro-African State Relationship
Belkacem Iratni

Business organizations
6. Bi-continental Encounters for Fairer ACP-EU trade? Assessing Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives
Mark Langan
7. Sleeping Beauty Awakens. Africa rise and the new deal with international energy stakeholders
Lapo Pistelli
8. The evolution (2000-2017) and proposed future scenarios of EU Africa Relations in Technological innovation: A multi-stakeholder perspective
Robert Mudida

9. Eurafrica reconsidered: Europe and African leaders in historical perspectives
Véronique Dimier and Giuliana Gliottone
10. Integration Dynamics between the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in light of a newly oriented Euro-African Geopolitics
Marco Massoni
11. Entangled regions: how multiple interregionalisms reshape Central Africa
Frank Mattheis
12. Cities in the Africa-Europe Interaction
Elena De Nictolis

About the Editor

Raffaele Marchetti is Deputy Rector for Internationalization and Associate Professor in International Relations at the Department of Political Science and the School of Government of LUISS, Italy. His research interest concerns global politics and governance, hybrid and city diplomacy, transnational civil society, (cyber-)security and political risk, and democracy. His most recent publications include Government–NGO Relationships in Africa, Asia, Europe and MENA (Routledge, 2018) and Debating Migration to Europe: Welfare vs Identity (Routledge, 2017).

About the Series

World Politics and Dialogues of Civilizations

World Politics and Dialogue of Civilizations Series

This new series focuses on the key challenges in world politics with a critical and pluralist angle.

It assumes that mutual understanding is the fundamental prerequisite for humankind’s inclusive development, and that open, respectful, and equitable dialogue among different cultural and civilizational frameworks is essential in these times of dramatic global change and uncertainty for developing effective cooperation and partnership.

The series aims to explore alternative models of the social, political and economic developments at regional and world levels in order to advance theoretical understanding, promote political debate, and provide policy-oriented advice on six broad macro-areas:

  • POLICIES, INSTITUTIONS, AND SHARED PROSPERITY (examines how the international community, including state and non-state actors alike, can generate shared prosperity through common policies)
  • INFRASTRUCTURE for gLOBAL INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT (analyses how the development of infrastructure promotes social and economic justice)
  • THE ECONOMY BEYOND THE FAILURE OF CONVENTIONAL MODELS (studies how non-mainstream approaches respond to the failures of neo-liberal economic models)
  • EAST AND WEST, north and south (addresses the question of how cultural and political identities can survive and flourish in the context of globalization)
  • CIVILISATIONS AGAINST THE THREAT OF SOCIAL BARBARISM (explores the way social barbarism has become part of contemporary socio-philosophical discourse)
  • LIFE SPACE FOR HUMANITY (explores how different family systems and social structures of different civilisations are related to civil cohesion and economic development)

The series is linked to the research carried out by the Dialogue of Civilization-DoC Research Institute (Berlin), but it is open to external contribution. Indeed, dissonant voices/opinions, if adequately formulated, are welcome in the debate that the series encourages.

Different formats apply to the series, ranging from ‘short-form’ issue based polemical/discussion readers on key topics to standard monograph length more academic titles and research edited collections.

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