Firm Lobbying and EU Trade Policy Making: Reflections on the Anti-Dumping Case against Chinese and Vietnamese Shoes (2005- 2011)

29/11/2012 12:00 - 847 total view

Jappe Eckhardt - Senior Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern

Abstract:    
 
It is an accepted view in the trade policy literature that those who lose from external trade are much more easily mobilized politically than those benefiting from it. As a consequence, the argument goes, there is an over-representation of protectionist interests in the political arena and a persistent pressure on policy-makers to shield their markets from foreign competition. However, I argue that under certain circumstances import-dependent firms may very well be able and willing to mobilize politically and defend their anti-protectionist trade interests in the political arena. I will use the recent EU anti-dumping case against Chinese and Vietnamese shoes to illustrate my argument.