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Differentiation within reciprocity: the European Union approach to preferential trade agreements

Woolcock, Stephen (2014) Differentiation within reciprocity: the European Union approach to preferential trade agreements. Contemporary Politics, 20 (1). pp. 36-48. ISSN 1356-9775

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Abstract

Recent statements on European Union (EU) trade policy towards developing countries (DCs) have stressed the need for differentiation between trading partners depending on their level of development. But what does this mean in practice? This article assesses the substance of EU trade policy towards a number of partners at different levels of development on the basis of the texts of recent preferential trade agreements (PTAs). It argues that EU PTA policy exhibits differentiation within a general shift towards reciprocity vis-à-vis DCs and that this needs to be assessed at the level of specific policy areas as much as partner country. It also suggests that the factors shaping EU policy vary from case to case with commercial competition and sector interests relatively more important in PTAs with emerging markets and high-income DCs and norms and institutional factors relatively more important in shaping those with least developed or low-income DCs

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ccpo20#.UyAniV9FDGg
Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 09:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/56059/

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