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The Incidental Fortress: The Single European Market and World Trade

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  • Alasdair R. Young
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    The European Union's role in international trade contains two significant contradictions: first, although its trade policy, with some notable exceptions, is generally fairly liberal, it has been the respondent in a number of high-profile trade disputes; second, al though a champion of multilateralism, the EU has had problems complying with World Trade Organization (WTO) judgments. I argue that these contradictions in the EU's trading persona are due to the internal dynamics of European policy-making, which create 'regulatory peaks' where the member governments' rules diverge, and render the resulting rules difficult to alter. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Common Market Studies.

    Volume (Year): 42 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 2 (06)
    Pages: 393-414

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    1. Toro, Francisco P., 2008. "Agenda Disputes and Strategic Venue Preferences: The Doha Crisis and Europe’s Flight to Regionalism," MERIT Working Papers 048, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    2. Cornelia Woll, 2006. "Trade Policy Lobbying in the European Union: Who Captures Whom?," Sciences Po publications 06/7, Sciences Po.
    3. Cornelia Woll, 2009. "Who Captures Whom? Trade Policy Lobbying in the European Union," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/f5vtl5h9a73, Sciences Po.

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