The Common External Tariff In A Customs Union: Voting, Logrolling, And National Government Interests
Missing from the analysis of customs unions has been a consideration of collective decision-making by countries regarding the union's common trade policy. In the case of the common European external tariff, how governments voted was not public information. This paper uses a unique dataset to derive member states' tariff preferences, which are then used to establish the decision rule before 1987, when individual governments had veto power. Results indicate a principle of unanimity, as well as the presence of logrolling. The political equilibrium for the common external tariff is also illustrated to have shifted as a result of union enlargements. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
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Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
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