International Trade and Domestic Politics: The Domestic Sources of International Trade Agreements and Institutions

The Impact of International Law on International Cooperation: Theoretical Perspectives, 2004

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Helen V. Milner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

B. Peter Rosendorff

New York University (NYU) - Wilf Family Department of Politics

Edward Mansfield

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Political Science

Abstract

Over the past fifty years, barriers to international trade have decreased substantially. While the decline in protectionism since World War II has stemmed partly from unilateral changes in trade policy by countries, it also has been a result of agreements among countries to liberalize their trade policies. International trade agreements and especially the GATT (now the WTO) have played an important role in this liberalization process. This paper analyzes the conditions under which states have concluded such agreements to lower their trade barriers and joined such international institutions. More generally, it explores the domestic factors affecting international economic cooperation.

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Milner, Helen and Rosendorff, Bryan Peter and Mansfield, Edward, International Trade and Domestic Politics: The Domestic Sources of International Trade Agreements and Institutions. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1007296

Helen Milner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bryan Peter Rosendorff (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Wilf Family Department of Politics ( email )

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Edward Mansfield

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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