Multilateral trade negotiations, European integration, and farm policy reform
Why was it so hard to reach an agreement in the Uruguay Round to reduce agricultural protection? After surveying the growth of agricultural protection in the 1980s, I develop arguments based on political economy that imply a systematic tendency for governments to protect farmers increasingly, at least up to some threshold, as economic development proceeds. Agricultural protection growth in industrializing countries is therefore normal, not exceptional. Liberalizing those policies before...[Show more]
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