Free Trade Agreements and Domestic Politics: The Case of the Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement

24 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2013  

Megumi Naoi

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Shujiro Urata

Waseda University-Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies

Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

What is the role of domestic politics in facilitating or constraining a government's decision to participate in free trade agreements (FTAs)? This paper seeks to answer this question by focusing on the domestic politics in Japan over the Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). In particular, we ask why the opposition to the TPP encompasses a much broader segment of society than is predicted by trade theorems. We show that a broader protectionist coalition can emerge through persuasion and policy campaigns by the elites, in particular, powerful protectionist interests expending resources to persuade the uncertain public.

Keywords: domestic politics, free trade agreement, Japan, Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement, public opinions

JEL Classification: D72, F13, P48

Suggested Citation

Naoi, Megumi and Urata, Shujiro, Free Trade Agreements and Domestic Politics: The Case of the Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement (December 2013). Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 326-349, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2370703 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aepr.12035

Megumi Naoi (Contact Author)

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Shujiro Urata

Waseda University-Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies ( email )

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Japan

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