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Explaining formation and design of EU trade agreements: the role of transparency and flexibility

Baccini, Leonardo (2010) Explaining formation and design of EU trade agreements: the role of transparency and flexibility. European Union Politics, 11 (2). pp. 195-217. ISSN 1465-1165

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What political factors explain the selection of countries for preferential trade agreements by the European Union? I argue that when forming a trade agreement the EU is more likely to target countries that have a higher degree of political and economic transparency than other developing countries. In highly transparent countries the EU is able to monitor effectively whether or not these countries follow its forms of conditionality, which is the main rationale of EU regionalism. Moreover, economic and political transparency plays a particularly important role in determining the degree of flexibility in trade agreements. Evidence based on data from 138 developing countries supports these arguments.

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Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: F - International Economics > F4 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance > F42 - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2012 10:56

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