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It takes two to tango: building on open economy politics to understand the stalled EU–India trade negotiations.

Curran, L., Nadvi, K. and Khorana, S., 2021. It takes two to tango: building on open economy politics to understand the stalled EU–India trade negotiations. International Affairs: promoting dialogue between academics and policy-makers. (In Press)

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Abstract

Global trade governance is increasingly characterised by a growing fragility in multilateral institutions and a preference for bilateral negotiations. The literature on such negotiations focuses primarily on successful agreements. Academic research on unsuccessful or stalled bilateral talks is limited, although better understanding of such outcomes may provide lessons for future negotiations. This paper contributes to such understanding by proposing a revised open economy politics (OEP) framework, adapted to ‘second generation’ OEP analysis. Our framework highlights the multidirectional linkages between the trinity of interests, institutions and international interactions within trade negotiations, while adding the role of power and ideas to the analysis. We leverage our revised framework to explore why the European Union-India Free Trade Agreement (EUIFTA) negotiations stalled, thus providing insights as negotiators seek to revive them. Drawing on 45 semi-structured interviews conducted over a seven-year period in the EU and India, we examine how these different factors impacted on the progress of talks. Our results suggest that our revised OEP approach provides a multi-layered and integrated framework which enables us to better understand negotiating outcomes. Furthermore, our findings suggest that the shifting balance between emerging economies and developed economies as a result of the geopolitical (power) shifts and ideational change will impact on future trade negotiations.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0020-5850
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:36070
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:04 Oct 2021 14:27
Last Modified:04 Oct 2021 14:27

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