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International Political Economy Series

Constructing European Union Trade Policy

A Global Idea of Europe

Authors: Siles-Brügge, Gabriel

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Gabriel Siles-Brugge explains why the EU has increasingly turned to free trade agreements with emerging markets to deliver economic prosperity.

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Gabriel Siles-Brügge is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. His research sits at the interface of European and International Political Economy and has recently been published in New Political Economy, the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Review of International Political Economy.

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"With its combination of theoretical rigour and deep empirical research Gabriel Siles-Brügge's volume delivers rich insight into the nature of EU trade policy and its changing orientations. This book is a 'must read' for anyone concerned with political economy of European integration and the external projection of the EU. It is also one of the very best books on trade politics published in the past decade, and a major contribution to the emerging canon of constructivist IPE." - Ben Rosamond, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

"A really major empirical and theoretical contribution to both constructivist international political economy and to the study of European integration - there is so much to learn from this impressive study which should become a core reference point in the literature." - Colin Hay, Professeur des Universites en Sciences Politiques, Sciences Po, Paris

"This book provides an innovative and up-to-date analysis of the EU's trade relations since the 'Global Europe' strategy. After two decades of research into institutionalist dynamics and interest groups lobbying within the EU, the author proposes a highly original critical and constructivist framework which brings 'ideas' (e.g. neoliberalism) and 'agents' (e.g. DG Trade) into the study of the EU's common commercial policy. Empirically, the book covers the major recent developments in EU trade policy through detailed case studies on the EU-Korea Agreement, the Economic Partnership Agreements, and the implications of the economic crisis. It is a well written and convincing reference work that should be read by anyone interested in EU studies and international political economy." - Jan Orbie, Professor in the rank of Senior Lecturer, Ghent University, Belgium

"In this fascinating book, Siles-Brügge offers a lucid explanation of the shift of EU trade policy towards bilateralism, a move called 'Global Europe'. Although frequently driven by lobbying demands of the services sector, 'Global Europe' is not merely a fancy label, but at the core a discourse that promotes a particular view of the EU as global actor. Moving the debate between critical theory and rationalist approaches forward, the book will be required reading for anyone interested in EU trade policy and EU governance more broadly." - Mark S. Manger, University of Toronto, Canada


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Siles-Brügge, Gabriel

    Pages 1-20

  • Trade Is What You Make of It: The Social Construction of EU Commercial Policy

    Siles-Brügge, Gabriel

    Pages 21-56

  • Charting the Rise of ‘Global Europe’

    Siles-Brügge, Gabriel

    Pages 57-95

  • Resisting ‘Protectionism’: The EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement

    Siles-Brügge, Gabriel

    Pages 97-124

  • ‘Global Europe’ and the Economic Partnership Agreements

    Siles-Brügge, Gabriel

    Pages 125-158

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructing European Union Trade Policy
Book Subtitle
A Global Idea of Europe
Authors
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33166-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137331663
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33165-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46142-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 258
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