Free Trade Agreements and Domestic Politics: The Case of the Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement
24 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 2013
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
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