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Explaining the genesis of a trade dispute: the European Union's seal trade ban

Ferdi De Ville UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION. 34(1). p.37-53
abstract
Why has the European Union (EU) enacted a trade ban on seal products provoking a trade dispute with Canada, while it is the most ardent supporter of the multilateral trade regime and was about to start free trade negotiations with Canada? Rational functionalist explanations of compliance with international trade rules suggest that trade officials in the EU concerned with reputation costs and exporters concerned with the risk of retaliation should have prevented the ban. This article shows from an institutionalist perspective that if the European Parliament and the Council are little concerned with reputation costs and exporters do not mobilize against regulation under uncertainty that their exports will be affected by retaliation, the agenda-setting power of the Commission is insufficient to ensure World Trade Organization (WTO) consistency. Compliance with WTO rules is contingent on domestic political processes, and in the EU, it is dependent on inter- and intra-institutional tradeoffs of WTO consistency and non-trade objectives.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
European Union, Compliance, institutionalism, seal trade ban, WTO
journal title
JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
J. Eur. Integration - R. Integration Eur.
volume
34
issue
1
pages
37 - 53
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000209123200003
ISSN
0703-6337
DOI
10.1080/07036337.2011.566331
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:322877
VABB type
VABB-1
id
1216307
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1216307
date created
2011-05-03 14:24:28
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:45:49
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  abstract     = {Why has the European Union (EU) enacted a trade ban on seal products provoking a trade dispute with Canada, while it is the most ardent supporter of the multilateral trade regime and was about to start free trade negotiations with Canada? Rational functionalist explanations of compliance with international trade rules suggest that trade officials in the EU concerned with reputation costs and exporters concerned with the risk of retaliation should have prevented the ban. This article shows from an institutionalist perspective that if the European Parliament and the Council are little concerned with reputation costs and exporters do not mobilize against regulation under uncertainty that their exports will be affected by retaliation, the agenda-setting power of the Commission is insufficient to ensure World Trade Organization (WTO) consistency. Compliance with WTO rules is contingent on domestic political processes, and in the EU, it is dependent on inter- and intra-institutional tradeoffs of WTO consistency and non-trade objectives.},
  author       = {De Ville, Ferdi},
  issn         = {0703-6337},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION},
  keyword      = {European Union,Compliance,institutionalism,seal trade ban,WTO},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {37--53},
  title        = {Explaining the genesis of a trade dispute: the European Union's seal trade ban},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2011.566331},
  volume       = {34},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
De Ville, Ferdi. 2012. “Explaining the Genesis of a Trade Dispute: The European Union’s Seal Trade Ban.” Journal of European Integration 34 (1): 37–53.
APA
De Ville, F. (2012). Explaining the genesis of a trade dispute: the European Union’s seal trade ban. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, 34(1), 37–53.
Vancouver
1.
De Ville F. Explaining the genesis of a trade dispute: the European Union’s seal trade ban. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION. 2012;34(1):37–53.
MLA
De Ville, Ferdi. “Explaining the Genesis of a Trade Dispute: The European Union’s Seal Trade Ban.” JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION 34.1 (2012): 37–53. Print.