Diminishing Returns to Trade Policy in the European Union

Steven Michael McGuire, Johan P. Lindeque

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The notion that the EU is a trade power is central to studies of the Union's international presence. Credible threats to withhold access to Europe's markets are said to provide the Union with leverage in respect of other trade partners. This article queries the continuing ability of the European Union to act effectively this way. The current Doha malaise is a symptom of deeper changes in the international trade system. As emerging markets become more affluent and participate in foreign direct investment, their interest in market access per se become less important relative to other areas of regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1329-1349
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Issue number5
Early online date06 Oct 2010
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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