The Multilevel Politics of Trade

Edited by Jörg Broschek and Patricia Goff

© 2020

The Multilevel Politics of Trade presents a timely comparative analysis of eight federations (plus the European Union) to explore why some sub-federal actors have become more active in trade politics in recent years. As the contributing authors find, there is considerable variation in the intensity and modes of sub-federal participation. This they attribute to three key factors: the distinctive institutional features of federal systems; the nature and scope of trade policy and trade agreements; and the extent of social mobilization that accompanies a particular trade policy conversation.

As a whole, The Multilevel Politics of Trade argues that sub-federal actors’ interests (jurisdictional, political, and economic) are what motivate them to participate in trade debates. However, institutional configurations, coupled with the influence of civil society actors, political parties, and others determine the nature and scope of that participation. Informed by a deep knowledge of federal dynamics, this volume provides extensive comparative analyses of all seven of the North American and European federations and represents a significant intervention into the study of both federalism and political economy.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
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  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 7
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.1in
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Sub-federal units within federal states are taking on new roles in trade policy and trade agreement negotiations. What is motivating this development and how do unique federal contexts impact the way that it unfolds?

The Multilevel Politics of Trade

Edited by Jörg Broschek and Patricia Goff

© 2020

The Multilevel Politics of Trade presents a timely comparative analysis of eight federations (plus the European Union) to explore why some sub-federal actors have become more active in trade politics in recent years. As the contributing authors find, there is considerable variation in the intensity and modes of sub-federal participation. This they attribute to three key factors: the distinctive institutional features of federal systems; the nature and scope of trade policy and trade agreements; and the extent of social mobilization that accompanies a particular trade policy conversation.

As a whole, The Multilevel Politics of Trade argues that sub-federal actors’ interests (jurisdictional, political, and economic) are what motivate them to participate in trade debates. However, institutional configurations, coupled with the influence of civil society actors, political parties, and others determine the nature and scope of that participation. Informed by a deep knowledge of federal dynamics, this volume provides extensive comparative analyses of all seven of the North American and European federations and represents a significant intervention into the study of both federalism and political economy.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 7
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    "Featuring insightful figures and tables to exemplify its theoretical arguments, this collection also includes a solid literature review, and a strong group of contributors who are all trade specialists in their country of expertise."


    Duane Bratt, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University

    "Multilevel Politics of Trade is a major contribution to the field, and goes above and beyond to provide an analytical framework for explaining differences across federations in the role and influence of sub-national governments in trade policy. Including primary data in every chapter, this significant amount of original research is an important hallmark of this collection."


    Grace Skogstad, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Jörg Broschek is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University.


    Patricia Goff is an associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction: The Evolution of Multilevel Trade Politics
    Jörg Broschek and Patricia Goff

    Section I. Canada in North America

    2. Federalism and Trade Negotiations in Canada: CUSFTA, CETA, and TPP Compared
    Stéphane Paquin

    3. Implementation of Twenty-First-Century Trade Agreements in Canada: CETA and Intergovernmental Cooperation
    Christian Hederer and Patrick Leblond

    4. Reconceptualising Provincial Development: Evolving Public Procurement Practices in Quebec
    Sophie Schram

    5. Multilevel Trade in the United States: Federalism, Internal Markets, and Intergovernmental Relations
    Michelle Egan

    6. Mexican Sub-Federal Governments and the Negotiation and Implementation of Free-Trade Agreements
    Jorge A. Schiavon and Marcela López-Vallejo

    7. Civil Society, Multilevel Governance, and International Trade in North America
    Christopher Kukucha

    Section II. Europe and Australia: Multilevel Trade Politics in Comparative Perspective

    8. Federalism in Times of Increased Integration: The Participation of Cantons in Swiss Trade Policy
    Andreas R. Ziegler

    9. Parallel Pathways? The Emergence of Multilevel Trade Politics in Austria and Germany
    Jörg Broschek, Peter Bußjäger, and Christoph Schramek

    10. Trade Politics and the Australian States and Territories
    Annmarie Elijah

    11. From Nada to Namur: National Parliaments’ Involvement in EU Trade Politics and the Case of Belgium
    Yelter Bollen, Ferdi De Ville, and Niels Gheyle

    Section III. The European Union: A Distinct Federation

    12. Multilevel Politics of Trade in the European Union in the Aftermath of the Lisbon Treaty
    Maria Garcia

    13. The Multilevel Politics of Trade: The Case of the Social Democrats in the European Parliament and the German SPD
    Myriam Gistelinck

    14. Municipal Level Trade Contestation: Activists and Local Governments from the MAI to TTIP
    Gabriel Siles-Brügge and Michael Strange

    15. Conclusion
    Jorg Broschek and Patricia Goff

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