Constructing European Union Trade Policy

Constructing European Union Trade Policy

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With the stagnation of the Doha Round of multilateral talks, trade liberalisation is increasingly undertaken through free trade agreements. Gabriel Siles-BrA¼gge examines the EU's decision a€“ following the 2006 'Global Europe' strategy a€“ to negotiate such agreements with emerging economies. Eschewing the purely materialist explanations prominent in the field, he develops a novel constructivist argument to highlight the role of language and ideas in shaping EU trade policy. Drawing on extensive interviews and documentary analysis, Siles-BrA¼gge shows how EU trade policymakers have privileged the interests of exporters to the detriment of import-competing groups, creating an ideational imperative for market-opening. Even during the on-going economic crisis the overriding mantra has been that the EU's future well-being depends on its ability to compete in global markets. The increasingly neoliberal orientation of EU trade policy has also had important consequences for its economic diplomacy with the developing economies of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states.Available from: tradoc_111111.pdf [accessed 1February 2011]. .... EuropeanCommission (2010g ), a#39;Towardsa Comprehensive EuropeanInternational Investment Policya#39;, COM( 2010) 343final ... European Commission (2010i), a#39;EUa€“South Korea Free Trade Agreement: A Quick Reading Guidea#39;, October 2010, Brussels: ... Available from: [accessed 11January2012].

Title:Constructing European Union Trade Policy
Author: Gabriel Siles-Brügge
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-02-14

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