Publication Details

Title: The Rise (and Fall?) of the EU's Performance in the Multilateral Trading System
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: November 2011
Description: The multilateral trading system represents an excellent case for analyzing the factors influencing the EU's performance in international institutions, because of the marked changes that have taken place both in the EU and in the multilateral trading system over the past six decades. Moreover, trade is the international policy arena in which the EU has greatest power resources and greatest institutional capacity. Perhaps not surprisingly, therefore, the EU has long performed well in the multilateral trading system. The article, however, argues that internal changes in the late 1980s and early 1990s enabled the EU to advance a more ambitious agenda in the multilateral trading system. The enhanced ambition translated temporarily into enhanced performance within the multilateral trading system, but this was short-lived as the emergence of new trading powers hostile to the EU's agenda in the late 1990s resulted in the erosion of its ambitious agenda in the Doha Development Round. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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Citation: Journal of European Integration. 33. Issue 6. 715 - 729. ISSN 0703-6337. DOI 10.1080/07036337.2011.606695.
Related Departments:
  • School of International Affairs