Joint Ownership in EU-Tunisia Relations

Power and Negotiation

  • Federica Zardo

Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)

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About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of EU-Tunisia negotiations during the last three decades to understand what ‘joint ownership’ means in Euro-Mediterranean relations. The principle of joint ownership often figures in the EU’s public discourse of the EU and other international actors. Yet, it has been scarcely conceptualised and there is little research on which factors determine its presence or lack thereof. The book contributes to its definition, highlighting its evolving nature and intersubjective dimension. The author further explains how bargaining rules, practices, and procedures affect joint ownership by constraining or empowering actors, and shaping their expectations about which options they perceive are possible during the negotiations. Negotiation analysis proves useful for showing how, and to what extent, the interests of both sides eventually feature in Euro-Mediterranean agreements and enables scholars to bring back third countries' agency and perceptions into the study of the EU's external relations.

Federica Zardo is Assistant Professor at the Centre for European Integration Research, University of Vienna, Austria. Her work deals with the EU´s external relations, in particular with Southern Mediterranean countries. Most recently, her research has focused on Euro-Mediterranean relations in the realm of migration. She has published in outlets such as the Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesInternational Politics, and the European Foreign Affairs Review.


Euro-Mediterranean relations European Neighbourhood Policy Joint Ownership Negotiations Tunisia Negotiation framework Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Lisbon Treaty Arab uprisings Bourguiba Ben Ali Authoritarianism Democratic Transition Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement ENP Action Plan Privileged Partnership Mobility Partnership Sociological Institutionalism Depoliticisation

Authors and affiliations

  • Federica Zardo
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Politikwissenschaft, EIFUniversity of ViennaWienAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30798-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30799-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-5911
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-592X
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