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Bargaining coalitions in the agricultural negotiations of the Doha Round: similarity of interests or strategic choices? An empirical assessment

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  • Valeria Costantini
  • Riccardo Crescenzi
  • Fabrizio De Filippis
  • Luca Salvatici

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The paper aims at understanding the structural features of the bargaining coalition in the Doha Round of the WTO. We provide an empirical assessment of the preferences of each negotiating actor looking at general economics indicators, development levels, structure of the agriculural sectors, and trade policies for agriculural products. Bargaining coalitions are analyzed by grouping countries through a cluster analysis procedure. The clusters are compared with existing coalitions, in order to assess their degree of possible "defectors", i.e. countries that according to their economic conditions and policies seem to be relatively less committed to the positions of the coalition they join.

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  • Valeria Costantini & Riccardo Crescenzi & Fabrizio De Filippis & Luca Salvatici, 2005. "Bargaining coalitions in the agricultural negotiations of the Doha Round: similarity of interests or strategic choices? An empirical assessment," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0047, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
  • Handle: RePEc:rtr:wpaper:0047
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    Keywords

    trade negotiations; bargaining coalitions; WTO; cluster analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade

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