In This Review

New Perspectives on European Development Cooperation
New Perspectives on European Development Cooperation
Edited by Marjorie Lister
Westview Press, 1999, 175 pp.

In this volume, an international group of scholars analyzes the EU's policies toward developing countries. Most focus on the past and future of the Lome Convention, which established economic links between the EU and African, Caribbean, and Pacific partners (most of which were once imperial subjects) and conclude that Lome cannot be dismissed as a form of neocolonialism. They also explore the ties between development and human rights, the EU's inadequate concern over gender inequality, and the complexity of the EU's relationship with nongovernmental organizations as channels of assistance, using South Africa and Cambodia as case studies. The flaws and obstacles to partnership are also not overlooked; policy incoherence remains a hurdle and requirements of partnership and efficiency often clash. Little enthusiasm exists for debt reduction, and (as the editor points out) the EU tends to apply conditions to aid recipients it does not meet itself.