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Parochial Global Europe21st Century Trade Politics$
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Alasdair R. Young and John Peterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579907.001.0001

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Conclusions

Conclusions

21st Century European Trade Politics

Chapter:
(p.215) 9 Conclusions
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Parochial Global Europe
Author(s):

Alasdair R. Young

John Peterson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579907.003.0009

Chapter 9 concludes by highlighting how variation in politics across trade policy instruments—trade policy sub-systems—produces distinctive policies. It reflects on the implications of this analysis for the EU’s capacity to act strategically and to be an effective global actor. In addition, it considers the implications of treating trade policy as being composed of multiple policies for the broader IPE literature on trade policy. Our central argument is re-stated: explaining the European Union’s behavior as an economic superpower requires understanding policy sub-systems, some of which conspire to encourage Europe to behave very parochially even as it seeks influence globally.

Keywords:   EU trade policy, international political economy, policy sub-systems

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