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Imperial Power Europe? The EU's Relations with the ACP Countries

Angelos Sepos

Imperialism is a contested concept in political science. The projectors of imperialism rarely acknowledge its existence yet the impact on the recipients of this form of power can be detrimental. By drawing from theories of imperialism and power, this paper examines the various forms of the EU's power projection in the world, employing case studies from the Union's relationship with Africa, Latin America, South East-Asia as well as its Neighbourhood. It reveals that the EU's relationship with these parts of the world are characterized by imperial tendencies that put into question the Union's 'force for good' rhetoric and its associated notions of 'civilian' and 'normative' power Europe.

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