Publication
Title
Interest groups and EU anti-dumping policy
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Abstract
Why did the European Union (EU) attempt yet fail to reform its anti-dumping legislation between 2006 and 2008? We analyse this attempt to reform a legislative act regulating interest groups' access to public decision-makers by relying on collective action and principal-agent theory. Contrary to approaches assuming that the European Commission enjoys a large degree of agent autonomy to implement a more liberal EU trade policy than most member state principals would want, we conceive of principals and their agents as actors responding to the relative balance between interest groups mobilizing for and against reform. Tracing interest group collective action advantages back to industry consolidation and the certainty of future losses, we argue that concentrated producer groups mobilize most intensively and persistently and successfully influence policy outcomes. On the losing side, importers and retailers, joined by producers having outsourced parts of their production, let alone consumers, fail to counter this mobilization effort.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of European public policy. - London
Publication
London : 2011
ISSN
1350-1763
Volume/pages
18:3(2011), p. 339-360
ISI
000289504900002
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 16.02.2011
Last edited 04.11.2017
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