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"Agricultural Brinkmanship: The Community and the Gatt Uruguay Round"

Gibbons, Jr., Earl F. (1991) "Agricultural Brinkmanship: The Community and the Gatt Uruguay Round". In: UNSPECIFIED, Fairfax, Virginia. (Unpublished)

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    [From the Introduction]. When the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade's (GATT) Uruguay Round trade negotiations were indefinitely suspended on December 7, 1990, most analysts agreed that the proximate cause of the collapse was the European Community's intransigence in the agricultural negotiations. The EC's uncompromising stance in the area of farm trade puzzled many observers, especially those inclined to see things in terms of a straightforward rational costbenefit analysis. For these critics, explanation of such behavior must rest with national governments who lacked the political will to confront powerful domestic farm lobbies. The resulting paralysis led to the irrational result that farming, a sector which provides only 3% of Community GNP, had been preserved by sacrificing potential agreements in other sectors, including trade in services, which contribute more than 70% of Community GNP.

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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 > agriculture policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1991 (2nd), May 22-24, 1991
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:47

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