Trade Policy

Alasdair R. Young

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Trade Policy


This article begins by exploring what trade policy is, before charting, in broad terms, how wider ideational, institutional, and economic changes have influenced the development of the EU's trade policy. It then introduces the key actors in EU trade policy before exploring how the existing literature approaches the motivating questions, and highlights areas of agreement and disagreement. The article suggests a way forward by encouraging the integration of the two dominant approaches to studying EU trade policy: principle-agent analysis and the two-level game metaphor. It concludes by suggesting how EU trade policy analysis might be better integrated with, and contribute to, the international political economy literature on trade policy.

Keywords: EU; trade policy; principle-agent analysis; two-level metaphor

Article.  9321 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union

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