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Explaining Formation and Design of EU Trade Agreements: The Role of Transparency and Flexibility

Baccini, Leonardo 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 (2010)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1177/1465116509359431
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in European Union Politics, 11 (2), June 2010 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: EU foreign relationship, preferential trade agreement, transparency, flexibility, selection model
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Users 16 not found.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2011 14:48
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2011 13:50
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/37

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