chapter  1
30 Pages

Introduction

ByFontana Iole

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of the book. This book analyses how European Union's (EU's) external policies are implemented in the domestic context of the recipient countries and, by adopting a local perspective, it explains the obstacles and facilitating conditions that affect implementation on the ground. It investigates the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in two Maghreb countries, Tunisia and Morocco, by departing from the analysis of their local actors and domestic conditions before and after 2011. The book argues that the degree of (mis)fit between the goals of domestic political actors and the ENP reform agenda, the degree of administrative capacity and the degree of strength and autonomy of civil society influence the implementation of the ENP on the ground and the absorption of EU funds.