Protecting Exporters: discrimination and liberalization in transatlantic trade relations, 1932-2003
Title: Protecting Exporters: discrimination and liberalization in transatlantic trade relations, 1932-2003
Author: DÜR, Andreas
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2004
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
The liberalization of transatlantic trade relations since the Great Depression is one of the key developments in the global political economy of the last hundred years. This period has seen the negotiated reduction of both tariffs and nontariff barriers among developed countries, which allowed for the rapid expansion of trade flows, a driving force of economic globalization. In Protection for Exporters, Andreas Dür provides a novel explanation for this phenomenon that stresses the role of societal interests in shaping trade politics. He argues that exporters lobby more in reaction to losses of foreign market access than in pursuit of opportunities, thus providing a rationale for periods of acceleration and slowdown in the pace of liberalization. Dür also presents hypotheses about the form in which protection for exporters is provided (preferential or nonpreferential) and the balance of concessions that is exchanged in trade negotiations. Protection for Exporters includes case studies of major developments in international trade relations, such as the passage of the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act in the 1930s, the creation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in the 1940s, the Kennedy Round in the 1960s, the debate over Fortress Europe in the 1980s, and U.S.-European competition over access to emerging markets in the early 2000s. Dür's rigorous argument and systematic empirical analyses not only explain transatlantic trade relations but also allow for a better understanding of the dynamics of international economic relations.
LC Subject Heading: International trade -- History -- 20th century; International economic relations; Free trade -- United States; Free trade -- Europe; Protectionism -- United States; Protectionism -- Europe; United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Europe; Europe -- Foreign economic relations -- United States; United States -- Commercial policy; Europe -- Commercial policy
Defence date: 7 July 2004; Examining board: Prof. Walter Mattli (St. John's College, Oxford) ; Prof. Gerard Schneider (University Konstanz) ; Prof. Daniel Verdier (Ohio State University, supervisor) ; Prof. Colin Crouch (EUI)
Published version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/14335
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