EU Neighbourhood Policy in the Maghreb: Implementing the ENP in Tunisia and Morocco Before and After the Arab Uprisings, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

EU Neighbourhood Policy in the Maghreb

Implementing the ENP in Tunisia and Morocco Before and After the Arab Uprisings, 1st Edition

By Iole Fontana


198 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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In light of their geographical proximity and crucial strategic importance, the European Union (EU) has long identified cooperation with the countries of the Mediterranean region a central priority of its external relations and has developed a complex set of policies and instruments. Yet, there is a certain academic consensus that EU external policies in the area did not live up to their original expectations, insofar as little progress was made to accomplish the proclaimed goals while the implementation of structural reforms proved to be extremely problematic. These deficiencies in EU Mediterranean policies are symptomatic of what is a greater challenge in EU external policy-making: the struggle for implementation.

This book analyses the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in the Mediterranean, focusing on specific programs financed under the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument in the years before and after the Arab uprisings. Building on a comparative analysis of two Maghreb countries, Tunisia and Morocco, it provides an in-depth investigation on the role of domestic actors in constraining or providing points of opportunity for the implementation of the ENP. The book presents new empirical data and, by focusing on the role of local actors in the neighbouring countries, it offers interesting insights not only into the ENPI complex processes of implementation, but also on the challenges of the E U in the region and the state of relations with the Southern neighbourhood.

Through the prism of the European Neighbourhood Policy, the book provides a window into the internal politics and relevant issues of Maghreb countries. It will therefore be a valuable resource for students and scholars of European and Mediterranean Studies, as well as those interested in EU international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Explaining Implementation in the Neighbourhood: A Governance Approach 3. The Implementation of ENP Programs in Morocco and Tunisia: The Role of Domestic Political Actors 4. The Arab Uprisings and Domestic Political Actors: What Impact on the Implementation of the ENP 5. The Implementation of ENP Programs in Morocco and Tunisia: The Role of Administration and its Capacity 6. The Role of Civil Society in Morocco and Tunisia: The Implementation of the ENP Conclusion

About the Author

Iole Fontana is a Teaching Assistant and Tutor of the Jean Monnet Chair EUMedEA in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania. She received her PhD in Institutions, Politics and Policies, from the Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy. She conducted research at the London School of Economics and the University Hassan II in Casablanca. She collaborated with the EEAS Delegation in Tunisia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Mediterranean Politics

The Mediterranean Politics series takes an inter-disciplinary approach which, while generally focused on the disciplines of politics and international relations, also encompasses economics, human geography, sociology, and religious studies, in order to shed light on the interconnectedness of polities and societies in the Mediterranean region. The series takes the study of Mediterranean politics as a focal point to examine the global and transnational linkages between the Mediterranean area and the wider world. Showcasing cutting edge new research on regional, transnational and comparative politics, it provides a forum for the discussion of Mediterranean politics with special reference to the interaction between European and Middle Eastern & North African countries.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies