Title

Sanctions under the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP): Coherence by Accident?

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2014

Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between the European Union's withdrawal of trade benefits for developing countries under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and its sanctions under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Our expectation is that GSP withdrawals and CFSP sanctions will not cohere. However, our research reveals that GSP suspension has been coherent with CFSP sanctions when the latter exist prior to the decision-making process on GSP sanctions and when the International Labour Organisation has set up a Commission of Inquiry condemning the country, as with Myanmar/Burma and Belarus. The presence of separate institutional frameworks explains the GSP suspension towards Sri Lanka in the absence of CFSP sanctions.

Keywords

European Union trade, sanctions, development, Generalised System of Preferences, GSP, Myanmar, Burma, Belarus

Discipline

Comparative Politics | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Contemporary Politics

Volume

20

Issue

1

First Page

63

Last Page

76

ISSN

1470-8914

Identifier

10.1080/13569775.2014.881605

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569775.2014.881605

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