Ideas, Institutions, and Trade: The WTO and the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade…

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

byCarsten Daugbjerg, Alan Swinbank

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Agriculture has a small, and declining, importance in employment and income generation within the EU, but a political importance well beyond its economic impact. The EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) has often been the source of conflict between the EU and its trade partners within firstthe GATT, and then the WTO. In the Doha Round agriculture was again a sticking point, resulting in setbacks and delays. The position of the EU is pivotal. Due to the comparatively limited competitiveness of the EU's agricultural sector, and the EU's institutionally constrained ability to undertakeCAP reform, the CAP sets limits for agricultural trade liberalization blocking progress across the full compass of the WTO agenda. Therefore, the farm trade negotiation, with the CAP at its core, is the key to understanding the dynamics of trade rounds in the WTO. The book, written by a politicalscientist and an agricultural economist, applies theory on ideas to explain how the agricultural sector came to be included in the Single Undertaking that resulted in the Uruguay Round agreements, and how this led to a dynamic interplay between CAP reform and the possibility of further agriculturaltrade liberalization within the WTO, thereby providing useful insights into international trade relations.

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Agriculture has a small, and declining, importance in employment and income generation within the EU, but a political importance well beyond its economic impact. The EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) has often been the source of conflict between the EU and its trade partners within firstthe GATT, and then the WTO. In the Doha Round...

Carsten Daugbjerg is Professor of Trade and Food Policy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he has been since 1998. His research has focussed on agricultural policy (in particular reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: CAP), environmental policy, agricultural trade negotiations in the ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199557756

ISBN - 13:9780199557752

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Agricultural Exceptionalism in EU Farm Policy and the GATT2. Ideas, Institutions and Policy: a Theoretical Framework3. WTO Rules for Agricultural Trade: GATT 1947 and the URAA4. Explaining the erosion of agricultural exceptionalism in the Uruguay Round5. Dispute Settlement and its Implication for Agricultural Exceptionalism6. EU Agricultural Institutions and the CAP: Coping with GATT/WTO7. Setting the Limits: CAP Reform and WTO Farm Trade Rules8. Beyond Doha: Conclusions and Prospects