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Trade Agreements as Venues for ‘Market Power Europe’?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Jurje Flavia and Lavenex Sandra,
Project Understanding Power Transitions in the Global Economy. Regulatory Politics in Flux
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume (Issue) 52(2)
Page(s) 320 - 336
Title of proceedings Journal of Common Market Studies
DOI 10.1111/jcms.12070


In the absence of an international migration regime, the rising salience of migration issues and the limits of unilateral policies led the European Union to seek appropriate venues for co-operation with the sending and transit countries of migrants. Many of the newer relevant multilateral or regional venues are soft law frameworks. Conversely, trade agreements provide a formal, hard law instrument for inserting migration clauses. Based on a quantitative analysis of EU trade agreements and expert interviews, this article investigates how far the EU is engaging in strategic issue-linkage when including migration clauses in its trade agreements. Testing hypotheses derived from rationalist and institutionalist approaches, it thereby provides an empirical test of its acclaimed identity as ‘trade power’ or ‘market power’.