Challenging the European Union: The rising powers and the USA in the Doha Round

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In this article, the challenges posed to the European Union's (EU) role in trade policy and its implications for development policy during the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Agenda, also known as the Doha round, are highlighted. The authors argue that transformed power relations have created a situation characterized by role uncertainty for the emerging powers but also for the EU. Priorities among multiple possible roles - in the existing trade regime, in relation to the global South and in the ongoing negotiations - become subject to redefinition. For the EU, heavily wedded to a multilateralist and reformist mission because of its own history, this process is particularly difficult. The EU's traditional role conceptions as a leader and a benign partner to developing countries have been challenged and partly replaced by a more realist approach.


External organisations
  • Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussels
Research areas and keywords

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  • Political Science
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Trade-Development Nexus in the European Union: Differentiation, Coherence and Norms
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317596905
ISBN (Print)9781138816701
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 22
Publication categoryResearch