Professional networks, institutional design and global governance: The FTAA and the foreign trade professionals In the Americas

Jacint Jordana*, David Levi-Faur

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Abstract

International communities of professionals matter generally, and matter in international trade reforms in particular. In this paper we explore the extension of scientific knowledge on liberal trade regimes, observing how professionals are becoming increasingly important and affect trade liberalization strategies based on the mutual exchange of knowledge. From recent developments in the American hemisphere, and specifically the case of the unsuccessful negotiations regarding the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), we identify some particularities concerning the trade policy community, suggesting that foreign trade policy is not about regulating a market, but about interconnecting distant markets, which has its own type of policy-making problems, as for example bringing together the worlds of regulators and trade negotiators.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)83-106
Number of pages24
JournalEconomie Internationale
Volume109
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Commercial diplomats
  • FTAA
  • Foreign trade professionals
  • Multilateral trade negotiations

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