Managing globalization? The EU in international trade negotiations

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Through a study of the evolution of the concept of 'managed globalization' in trade, an idea conceptualized by EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy in 1999 and replaced by the new policy of 'Global Europe' in 2006, this article analyses whether the Commission has had an autonomous impact on the EU position in international trade negotiations, especially in the Doha Round of the WTO. Such autonomy appears wider at first glance than it actually is, since it is hard to find evidence that the doctrinal shift occurred against Member State preferences. In the end, the true (but limited) autonomy of the Commission comes from its entrepreneurial ability to repackage Member State preferences into a consensual doctrine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-926
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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