The Path to the 2002 Association Agreement Between the European Union and Chile: A Case Study in Successful Political Negotiation (Hardback)Maria J. Garcia
Hardback Published: 01/02/2009
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This study, using a qualitative process-tracing approach, investigates the political motivations reasons behind the European Union decision to conclude a free trade agreement with Chile. This book addresses the puzzle of why the European Union concluded its most comprehensive agreement with Chile, devoting part of its limited logistical resources to negotiations from which it would apparently stand to gain little. Through a qualitative process-tracing approach, this theory-informed case study investigates the reasons that motivated the European Union to conclude this Agreement. Data triangulated from a variety of sources, including official reports, statistics and interview materials, provides an in-depth understanding of the process as well as of the rich context in which the decision to negotiate with Chile was taken, and in which the subsequent negotiations took place. The analysis concludes that a historical institutionalist understanding of EU decision-making best explains this case, given that the decision to undertake negotiations with Chile resulted from a process of lock-in of past decisions from the mid-1990s, which were in turn affected by potential EU business interests, intra-EU institutional factors, and a wish to secure the European Union's future position in emerging markets, as well as crucial external factors like the creation of NAFTA and US Latin American policy, and global economic liberalization. However, the specific timing and content of the eventual negotiations resulted from a new series of contextual factors, including interest pressures, Member States' governments' activism in the Council, slow progress in WTO liberalization, shortcomings in the parallel negotiations with Mercosur, and the timing of crucial events in the European Union's relationship with Latin America.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd