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EU trade and non-trade objectives: new survey evidence on policy design and effectiveness

Yildirim, Aydin, Basedow, Robert ORCID: 0000-0001-6463-4860, Fiorini, Matteo and Hoekman, Bernard (2020) EU trade and non-trade objectives: new survey evidence on policy design and effectiveness. Journal of Common Market Studies. ISSN 0021-9886

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcms.13100


EU trade policy increasingly focuses on the achievement of non-trade policy objectives (NTPOs) such as the promotion of human rights or environmental protection, motivating research on the political economy determinants and effectiveness of linking trade policy and NTPOs. This research reports selected findings from a new expert survey of stakeholder perceptions of trade–NTPO linkages. These suggest that the views of EU institutions align with those of civil society organizations more than with business, but also reveal significant differences in the perceived effectiveness of trade–NTPO linkage strategies. Many stakeholder groups believe that policy instruments other than trade agreements are more effective tools to pursue NTPOs. These findings suggest that further research on EU trade policy and non-trade issues should consider the broader range of external policy tools available to the EU in pursuit of NTPOs and the determinants of differences in preferences for alternative policy instruments.

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Additional Information: © 2020 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 22:57

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