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The social dimension of EU–Africa relations
in The European Union in Africa
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Since the early 2000s, the European Union (EU) has explicitly committed itself to promoting the social dimension of globalisation. This chapter examines whether and to what extent a social dimension has been integrated into EU-Africa relations. It argues that the social dimension has been virtually non-existent and that decent work and labour standards objectives have been framed through, and overshadowed by, other considerations. The chapter elaborates on the social dimension of EU-Africa relations in empirical terms, looking at political agreements, budgetary commitments and trade arrangements. It considers the EU as a compartmentalised external policy actor, whose external relations are to a large extent shaped by the interplay of the different institutional sub-units. These different institutional sub-units have their own preferences on various dimensions of foreign policy.

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