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The Agadir agreement: The capability traps of isomorphic mimicry

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posted on 13.04.2021, 13:20 authored by Christos KourtelisChristos Kourtelis
Abstract In 2004, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan signed the Agadir Agreement (AA), a free trade agreement with intention of encouraging closer cooperation in trade. The AA came into force in 2007 and relies on the EU's rules of origin. Contrary to existing explanations, which suggest that the little impact of the AA on intraregional trade is a result of the local political elites in the agreement and of weak state institutions, this article amends the concept of isomorphic mimicry to shed some light on the ineffectiveness of the AA. It claims that instead of acting as a vehicle for regional integration, the AA generated two capability traps: premature load bearing and the reproduction of the structural weaknesses of Arab Mediterranean economies. As a result, the AA does not act as an instrument of intraregional cooperation and inclusive growth.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

World Trade Review

Volume

20

Issue

3

Pages

306 - 320

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by CUP under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

11/10/2020

Publication date

2021-01-14

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1474-7456

eISSN

1475-3138

Language

en

Depositor

Deposit date: 13 April 2021