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Juridische kwetsbaarheid en onderhandelingen in de Wereldhandelsorganisatie

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2014
Keywords WTO, trade, legal vulnerability, Doha Round, judicialization
Authors Arlo Poletti and Dirk De Bièvre
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    In the current multilateral trade regime, members often negotiate under the shadow of WTO law. In this article, we develop an explanation of how the legal vulnerability of members’ domestic policies affects ongoing multilateral negotiations in the trade regime. First, we show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, increased enforcement does not necessarily make actors shy away from further cooperation. Legal vulnerability can ignite a positive dynamic of cooperation because it can increase the set of feasible agreements of WTO members. In a second stage, we set out how the nature of the issue at stake, i.e. whether it can be easily disaggregated into negotiable units, affects whether this positive dynamics of cooperation takes place. We illustrate the plausibility of the argument by way of four in-depth case studies of how potential (or actual) defendants and potential (or actual) complainants in WTO disputes responded to the incentives brought about by legal vulnerability and negotiated in the Doha round.


Arlo Poletti
Arlo Poletti geeft les aan de LUISS School of Government in Rome en is verbonden aan de onderzoeksgroep ACIM van het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Hij is de auteur van The European Union and Multilateral Trade Governance: The Politics of the Doha Round, London: Routledge.

Dirk De Bièvre
Dirk De Bièvre is professor internationale politiek en internationale politieke economie aan het departement politieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Antwerpen en lid van de onderzoeksgroep ACIM. Zijn onderzoek concentreert zich op de Wereldhandelsorganisatie, de Europese handelspolitiek, en de invloed van belangengroepen.

Anna van der Vleuten
Anna van der Vleuten is universitair hoofddocent Europese Integratie aan het Institute for Management Research, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Zij doet onderzoek op het gebied van gender, EU, vergelijkend regionalisme en interregionalisme.

Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann
Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann (1970) is verbonden aan de Willy Brandt School for Public Policy van de Universität Erfurt, Duitsland. Zij doet onderzoek op het gebied van het beleid van de EU jegens ontwikkelingslanden, Latijns-Amerika, Braziliaans buitenlands beleid en interregionalisme.
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Stille revolutie, contra-revolutie of cultureel conflict?

Veranderingen in de politieke cultuur en hun invloed op het verband tussen klassenpositie en stemgedrag

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2006
Authors Jeroen Van der Waal and Peter Achterberg
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    This paper deals with the linkage between changes in the political culture and changes in class-party alignments. First, we investigate how the political culture in Western countries has changed over time. Three views are tested using data on party-manifestos. The first predicts that only new-leftist issues will increase in salience. The second predicts that both new-leftist and new-rightist issues will emerge at the same time. The third, which is empirically corroborated, predicts that first new-leftist issues will emerge followed by a rise in new rightist issues.
    Second, we investigate how the emergence of these new issues has affected the traditional class-party alignments. We show that the middle class increasingly votes left-wing as newleftist issues become more important and that the working class increasingly votes rightwing as new-rightist issues become more important. The middle class also appears to alienate from the traditional party of their class as new-rightist issues rise in salience.


Jeroen Van der Waal
Onderzoeker aan de vakgroep Sociologie, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam en aan de Amsterdam School for Social Research.

Peter Achterberg
Onderzoeker aan de vakgroep Sociologie, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam en aan de Amsterdam School for Social Research.
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