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"Trade, standards, and regional integration"

Faber, Gerrit and Roelfsema, Hein. (2001) "Trade, standards, and regional integration". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    In this paper we argue that countries have strong incentives to harmonize policies more quickly in regional agreements than they do in a multilateral setting. The set up of this paper is as follows. First, in section 2 we discuss the role of standards in international trade negotiations in the GATT/WTO. Section 3 reviews the way the EC has achieved a high degree of harmonization of standards. In section 4 we discuss economic theories that indicate under which circumstances countries will be able to improve their social welfare by concluding a Standardization Union. Subsequently, we introduce the role of various political actors by introducing theories of regulatory blocs like the EU are the subject of section 5. Conclusions of the paper are presented in section 6.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other international institutions > GATT/WTO
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > Single Market > harmonisation/standards/mutual recognition
    EU policies and themes > External relations > regionalism, international
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2006
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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