Business Lobbying and Trade Governance: The Case of EU-China by Jappe Eckhardt

By Jappe Eckhardt

This booklet presents an leading edge account of the way the globalization of construction and the emergence of worldwide worth chains affects on alternate personal tastes, foyer ideas and the political impact of ecu organisations. It sheds new mild at the complicated EU-China exchange kin.

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As indicated before, import-competing firms and exporters are the prime examples of the type of firms that can overcome their collective action impediments. I argue that the same counts for import-dependent firms. However, before discussing the circumstances under which importdependent firms are expected to mobilize and enter the political arena, I will first provide a more detailed characterization of this type of firms in the next section. 20 Business Lobbying and Trade Governance Import-dependent firms and their trade policy preferences In the Introduction I have given a broad definition of import-dependent firms and said a few words about their trade policy preferences.

Second, the probability of a successful lobbying campaign is higher when firms have a standing organization at their disposal than in the case where firms have to do without such an organization. , 1996; Bouwen, 2002; Gray and Lowery, 1996; Hall and Deardorff, 2006). Groups which can show to their (potential) members that they have access to the policy-making process – that is, have built credibility by providing (critical) access goods to public officials – enhance their chances of political mobilization on specific issues.

In recent years the EU has been especially active in pursuing PTAs with Asian countries, although the recently launched negotiation with the US on a PTA (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP) is also notable in this regard. ” In order to study the involvement of import-dependent firms in trade politics, I have decided to focus on their role within the context of the latter type. The system of EU’s TDI policy is a fitting setting to analyze the political role of import-dependent firms because, first of all, in TDI policy “import-dependent firms are, together with import-competing firms, the most important societal interests” (Eckhardt, 2013: 992).

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