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North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes

A Critical Assessment of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement

Clair Gammage

This book offers a critical reflection of the North-South regional trade agreements (RTAs), known as the Economic Partnership Agreements, negotiated between the EU and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries. Conceiving of regions as legal regimes, Clair Gammage highlights the challenges facing developing countries when negotiating RTAs with developed countries and interrogates the assumption that these agreements will and can promote sustainable development through trade.
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Chapter 7: Regionalism in Southern Africa

A Critical Assessment of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement

Clair Gammage

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Chapter 7 explores the dynamism of regionalism in Southern Africa, through the shifts from the colonial to post-colonial and Apartheid to democratisation. With a focus on the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), it will be shown that these regional arrangements have been historically constituted as a part of the region’s development strategy. However, the dominant position of South Africa has enabled it to integrate SACU through hegemonic legal ideology which has had a long-lasting impact on the region. The Southern African region will now be exposed to another hegemonic force through the EPA as it formalises its trade relationship with normative power Europe.

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