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Economic Policy: protectionism as an elite strategy

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  • Le, Vo Phuong Mai

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    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Minford, Patrick

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    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Nowell, Eric

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The EU has pursued protectionist policies not merely in food but also in manufacturing at the customs union level. In services it has not dismantled much of the existing national protectionism. The economic costs are calculated here at some 3% of GDP for the UK and some 4% for the rest of the EU - or much larger under liberal planning assumptions. Added to its social interventionism, these costs suggest that the EU has put political integration before economic efficiency. This policymaking pattern suggests that European elites believe their position would be threatened by the domestic effects of world competition.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2009/1.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Publication status: Published in The European Union and World Politics (eds. Andrew Gamble and David Lane), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9780230221499, 2009
Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2009/1

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Keywords: protectionism; manufactures; anti-dumping; tariff equivalent; customs union; competition;

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