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 - 1094 total view

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

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.