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Europeanisation through the prism of regime complexity: the case of French aid

Cumming, Gordon ORCID: 2017. Europeanisation through the prism of regime complexity: the case of French aid. Carbone, Maurizio and Orbie, Jan, eds. The Europeanisation of Development Policy, London: Routledge, pp. 12-27. (10.4324/9781315174280)

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The challenge of isolating the impact of Europeanisation is an arduous one, which explains why analysts have preferred complex rather than parsimonious explanations of this phenomenon. Given this predilection among scholars, it is surprising that the concept of regime complexity has not been meaningfully applied in the Europeanisation literature. This article lays some initial groundwork for assessing whether regime complexity has weakened or reinforced the impact of Europeanisation, with reference specifically to French aid. This article begins by highlighting the limited impact of Europeanisation on French assistance in the early decades of European integration. Next, it demonstrates how the climate became more propitious as from the late 1990s following domestic reforms, increased European Union (EU) pressures and the emergence of an aid regime complex. Drawing on elite interviews, it shows how France has become more receptive to Europeanisation, while also using regime complexity to reframe EU norms. Finally, it explains why and how France has resisted Europeanisation and explores the wider significance of the French case and of regime complexity.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138041691
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 April 2024
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 10:24

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