The Will of Change

European Neighborhood Policy, Domestic Actors and Institutional Change in Morocco

  • Eva-Maria Maggi

Part of the Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens book series (PGNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
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  3. Eva-Maria Maggi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-183

About this book


In this book, Eva-Maria Maggi argues that the European Union (EU) had an impact on institutional reform processes in North Africa in cases where major domestic actors agreed. She analyzes how political actors in Morocco used EU neighborhood policies to shape economic and environmental policy between 1995 and 2008. Maggi argues that it was not the design of the EU‘s neighborhood policies but rather the will of change of domestic actors in Morocco that determined the pace, direction of reform and the extent to which the EU continues to play a role in them. While Moroccan politics were indeed “europeanized” Maggi highlights the role of domestic actors who so effectively managed to put forth their own policy priorities and essentially “morocconized” the ENP.


  • Actors and institutional change
  • Actor-centered Europeanization
  • Process tracing and qualitative content analysis
  • Institutional change in Morocco
  • European Neighborhood Policy towards North Africa and the Middle East
  • EU impact on privatization and water policy in Morocco

 Target Groups

  • Academics and students of the social sciences especially political science
  • EU and
national administrators as well as foreign ministries, political foundations and think tanks

 The Author

Eva-Maria Maggi received her doctorate in political science from Helmut-Schmidt University, University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany. She teaches European politics and international security at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Eva-Maria Maggi
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Government and Public PolicyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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