Path to the 2002 Association Agreement Between the European Union and Chile: A Case Study in Successful Political Negotiation

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This study, using a qualitative process-tracing approach, investigates the reasons that motivated the European Union to conclude an Association Agreement with Chile in 2002.


“. . . most importantly, however, this study questions why at this point the EU decided to initiate negotiations with, in Garcia’s words, a ‘distant country with a population of around 15 million and that accounts for a mere 0.4 percent of EU foreign trade’.” – Prof. Michelle Cini, University of Bristol

“. . . extremely essential for all practitioners or officers like me who have already been involved or who prepare for any FTA negotiation in the globe.” – Dr. Sungwook Yoon, European Trade Division

“. . . will be of great use to anyone interested in the relations between the European Union and Latin America, in particular the Southern Cone, over the last decades. . . . provides interesting insights into EU perspectives on the Southern cone, by providing a wealth of detail and close scrutiny of relevant documents.” – Prof. Artemisa Montes Sylvan, Universidad de las Americas

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Lost of Abbreviations
Foreword by Dr. Michelle Cini
1. Introduction
2. The European Union and Latin America in Context
3. Culture, Values and Money: Chile and the EU
4. Preparing the Groundwork for the Negotiations of the EU-Chile Association Agreement
5. The Negotiations of the EU-Chile Association Agreement
6. Third Party Involvement in the EU-Chile Association Agreement and its Reflection on Outcomes
7. Analysis and Appraisal: A Historical Institutionalist Path to the EU-Chile Association Agreement
8. Conclusion: The EU’s Reasons and Implications

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