IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

An Eclectic Negotiation Theory of Trade Policy Behaviour

Listed author(s):
  • Sophus Garfiel

    (University of Copenhagen Institute of Economics)

  • Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

    (University of Copenhagen Institute of Economics)

Registered author(s):

    Economic theory and empirical studies consistently support the case for free trade. With such a point of departure, the difficulties concluding the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and the widespread use of protectionist measures in general seem paradoxical. However, through the introduction of insights from political (public choice) theory and theories of international relations in an essentially economic framework, it is possible to develop a multi-disciplinary model of trade policy behaviour which allows for a liberalist as well as a protectionist pull in international trade negotiations. Trade cooperation becomes potentially conflictual when economic gains are translated into political utility at the country level. This transformation helps explain protectionist behaviour, since the economic gains are discounted through political concern over internal distribution and relative gains vis-a-vis other countries or trading poles. The model proves well suited for organising a wide variety of determinants of trade policy behaviour around a limited number of parameters. The most important of these determinants are analysed on the basis of Uruguay Round application of the model.

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 97-17.

    in new window

    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 1997
    Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:9717
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    Ă˜ster Farimagsgade 5, Building 26, DK-1353 Copenhagen K., Denmark

    Phone: (+45) 35 32 30 10
    Fax: +45 35 32 30 00
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:9717. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Thomas Hoffmann)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.