Explaining change in EU development policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa in the 2000s : the perspectives of system, process and power

Sarıkamış Kaya, Aslıgül
The purpose of the thesis is to explain EU development policy change towards sub-Saharan African countries in the 2000s. It explores EU development policy change in three dimensions; change in the EU’s multilateral development policy, change in the EU’s bilateral donor role, and change in institutional architecture of EU development policy by asking the questions of why and how these changes have occurred. This thesis investigates the causes of EU development policy change by employing perspectives of system, process and power and argues that EU development policy change can be explained by taking into account the interaction of both intra-EU and extra-EU factors. On this basis, changes in the multilateral EU development policy such as the adoption of European Consensus, EU’s Code of Conduct on Division of Labour role are mainly explained by system perspective. Changes in EU’s bilateral donor role are investigated with reference to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and its 2005 and 2010 reviews, and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and explained by process perspective. Changes in institutional architecture of EU development policy are discussed with reference to the institutional innovations of Lisbon Treaty, especially the EEAS, and explained by power perspective.