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Ideas, Institutions, and TradeThe WTO and the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade Liberalization$
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Carsten Daugbjerg and Alan Swinbank

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557752.001.0001

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Ideas, Institutions, and Policy: A Theoretical Framework

Ideas, Institutions, and Policy: A Theoretical Framework

(p.25) Chapter 2 Ideas, Institutions, and Policy: A Theoretical Framework
Ideas, Institutions, and Trade

Carsten Daugbjerg (Contributor Webpage)

Alan Swinbank

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the free-trade perspective on agricultural trade liberalization, and Putnam's two-level game model of trade negotiations, and then develops a framework for a dynamic analysis of ideational, institutional, and policy change. The framework sees this as a gradual process. Focusing on sectorial rather than macro-political ideational change, it is suggested that macro-institutional change may be the decisive factor bringing about ideational change at sectorial level; but ideational change at the global (WTO) level has also to materialize in policy change at the domestic level. It is argued that ideational and institutional change must be given prominence in explaining, on the one hand, the evolution and implementation of WTO farm trade rules and, on the other, CAP reform and how CAP reform in turn sets limits for subsequent changes to WTO farm trade rules.

Keywords:   ideational change, policy change, free trade, two-level game, institutional change

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