EU's Value-Based Approach in Trade Policy: (Free) Trade for All?

Drieghe, Lotte and Potjomkina, Diana, (2019). EU's Value-Based Approach in Trade Policy: (Free) Trade for All?. Global Affairs, 5(1), 63-72

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    Author Drieghe, Lotte
    Potjomkina, Diana
    Title EU's Value-Based Approach in Trade Policy: (Free) Trade for All?
    Appearing in Global Affairs
    Volume 5
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2019-03-11
    Place of Publication N/A
    Publisher Routledge, Taylor and Francis
    Start page 63
    End page 72
    Language eng
    Abstract In this paper, we discuss the EU's value-based approach in trade policies and argue that it is not new, however until now it has not been effective in making sure “trade benefits all”. In recent years, the European Commission explicitly stressed the importance of values in trade, responding to the contestation of EU trade policy. Contrary to what the recent discourse suggests, values have always been part of the EU's trade policy. Despite the long tradition of value-promotion, however, results have been limited. First, since the mid-nineties, the pursuit of several values in the EU's trade policy has been subordinated to the primary goal of opening up markets and increasing trade flows. Second, some ramifications inherent to free trade hinder the EU's ability to actually defend the values it puts forward. This paves way for further contestation of the EU's external trade.
    Keyword European Union
    external trade
    trade liberalization
    values
    human rights
    civil society
    development
    Copyright Holder author(s)
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2019.1584539
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