1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations

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ISBN 9781138047303
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
400 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the changing dynamics in the relationship between the African continent and the EU provided by leading experts in the field.

Structured into five parts, the handbook provides an incisive look at the past, present and potential futures of EU- Africa relations. The cutting-edge chapters, cover themes like multilateralism, development assistance, institutions, gender equality and science and technology among others. Thoroughly researched, this book provides original reflections from a diversity of conceptual and theoretical perspectives, and experts in Africa, Europe and beyond. The handbook thus offers rich and comprehensive analyses of contemporary global politics as manifested in Africa and Europe.

The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations will be an essential reference for scholars, students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners interested and working in range of fields within the (sub)disciplines of African and EU Studies, European Politics, and International Studies.

Table of Contents


Niall Duggan, Toni Haastrup and Luís Mah

Part 1: Theorising Africa-EU Relations through History


Toni Haastrup

1. IR Theory: Comparative Reflections on EU-Africa Relations

Olukayode A. Faleye

2. Regionalism and Interregionalism in EU-Africa Relations

Frank Mattheis

3. Applying Postcolonial Approaches to Studies on Africa-EU Relations

Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu

Part 2: Evolving Governance in EU-Africa Relations


Mary Farrell

4. From the Treaty of Rome to Cotonou: Continuity and Change in the Governance of EU-Africa Relations

António Raimundo

5. Foreign Policy and EU-Africa Relations: From the European Security Strategy to the EU Global Strategy

Lesley Masters and Chris Landsberg

6. European External Action Service

Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

7. European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the South Mediterranean

Anthony Costello

8. The Evolution of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (2007-2019)

Fergus Kell and Alex Vines

9. The African Union as an Interlocutor in European Union-Africa Relations?

John Akokpari and Primrose Z.J. Bimha

Part 3: Issues in EU-Africa relations


Nicoletta Pirozzi and Bernardo Venturi

10. EU Development Cooperation with Africa: The Holy Grail of Coordination

Sarah Delputte and Jan Orbie

11. Democracy and Human Rights Promotion

Edalina Rodrigues Sanches

12. Peace and Security in the Context of EU-Africa Relations

Ueli Staeger and Tshepo T. Gwatiwa

13. Regional Integration

Giulia Piccolino

14. Inter-regionalism and Bilateralism the Context of EU-Africa Relations

Andrzej Polus

15. Trade and the Economic Partnership Agreements in EU-Africa Relations

Victor Adetula and Chike Osegbue

16. Africa-Europe Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

John Ouma-Mugabe and Petronella Chaminuka

Part 4: External Actors in Africa’s International Politics and the Africa-European Union Relationship


Andrew Cottey

17. Inter-organizational Cooperation in Flux? Impact of resources and state interests in the cooperation between the European Union, United Nations and African Union

Norman Sempijja

18. The China Effect: African agency, derivative power and renegotiation of EU-Africa relations

Obert Hodzi

19. EU-Brazil-Africa Triangular Cooperation in the 21st Century: Unfinished Business

Carolina Pavese and Guilherme Ziebell

20. Private Non-State Actors and Africa-EU Relations: Sovereignty and/or Sustainable Development

Mark Langan and Sophia Price

Part 5: Opportunities to Cooperate on New Global Challenges


Asteris Huliaras and Sophia Kalantzakos

21. Migration and the Mediterranean Sea: A Maritime Bridge Between the EU and Africa

Ana Paula Moreira Rodriguez Leite, Daniele Dionisio and Thauan Santos

22. Environment and Climate Change in the Context of EU-Africa relations

Simon Lightfoot

23. The Role of Civil Society in EU-Africa Relations

Uzoamaka Madu

24. Agriculture and Land in EU-Africa Relations

Edward Lahiff

25. Gendering Cooperation

Laura Davis


Luís Mah, Toni Haastrup and Niall Duggan

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Toni Haastrup is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK.

Luís Mah is a Lecturer in Development Studies at ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, and an Associate at CEsA- Center for Africa and Development Studies (ISEG). He is also a Policy and Advocacy Officer for ACEP, a Portuguese development NGO.

Niall Duggan is a Lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork, Ireland.


"The handbook is a timely, one-stop resource that covers some of the most important aspects of EU-Africa relations. Contributions are historically grounded, theoretically sound and they point to a glaring, albeit, under-appreciated fact, which is that EU-Africa relations are a significant dimension of global politics, both historically and in contemporary times, and are bound to shape the future in dynamic ways."

Amy Niang, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

"This is an essential and comprehensive guide on current state of debates in Africa-EU relations. It comes timely as the EU and the AU are reorganising the relationship and will be highly interesting to scholars and practitioners."

Christine Hackenesch, German Development Institute, Germany.

"Against the backdrop of deep structural changes impacting the EU and Africa, this Handbook provides a much-needed reference for navigating through the meanders of EU-Africa relations and making sense of this unique and troubled partnership. The collection of essays included in this impressive volume provides a well-crafted and intellectually engaging mix of theoretical, empirical, and policy analyses that will appeal to all students and professionals of EU-Africa relations. A noteworthy contribution to the field."

Jack R. Mangala, Grand Valley State University, USA.

"This handbook is a timely addition to the study of EU-Africa relations and is set to be a standard reference for scholars and practitioners alike. Drawing together contributions from a wide range of experts, this volume uniquely blends historical contexts, contemporary dynamics and future-oriented insights in providing comprehensive and critical analysis of the theoretic perspectives, themes, issues and practices central to EU-Africa relations."

Faith Mabera, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa.

"At a time when other actors and processes are shaking up the historical connections between the EU and Africa, this timely collection provides excellent insights into these enduring, if strained, relationships."

Ian Taylor, University of St. Andrews, UK.

"This is a timely and pioneering volume on the relationship between the European Union and Africa, and an essential guide to understanding the evolving interaction and collaboration between the two continents. The contributions boldly interrogate and navigate through the asymmetrical relationship that has historically existed between Europe and Africa. This seminal book outlines practical modalities of how to consolidate and strengthen the partnership between the two continents, as a basis for addressing persistent global challenges."

Tim Murithi, University of the Free State, South Africa.

"Africa matters in a world in which multilateralism is in decline; not just more than a quarter of the world's states but also sources of novel technologies and energetic networks. This timely volume captures the dynamic of Africa in 2020 and the new generation of analysts and approaches: African agency advancing development alternatives via multi-faceted inter-regional relations with an EU in flux."

Timothy M. Shaw, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.

"As the European Union and Africa are redefining their relationship in a fast-changing world, this excellent edition of chapters could not be more timely. Thanks to the contributors' depth of expertise, the Handbook offers an invaluable assessment of the intricacies of this relationship."

Jean-Marc Trouille, University of Bradford, UK.