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Narrowing the Channel: The Politics of Regulatory Protection in International Trade

Robert Gulotty


It is widely expected that the growth and power of trade-dependent and multinational firms would make protectionism politically untenable. This book argues that governments can use trade barriers to advance the competitive interests of large businesses whose operations span borders. Regulatory barriers to trade act as entry barriers for smaller foreign competitors, raising prices and profits for large multinationals. As a result, governments that have more at stake in the profits of multinational firms are more likely to embrace stricter regulatory standards. The book offers statistical eviden ... More

Keywords: trade, regulation, non-tariff barriers, political economy, multinationals, WTO, protectionism, small and medium sized business, health, safety

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226669229
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226669533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Gulotty, author
University of Chicago