Barriers or Benefits?: Regulation in Transatlantic Trade
David VogelISBN: 0815790759;
Government health, safety, and environmental standards have, in the past two decades, often created barriers to international trade. These nontariff barriers have become the focus of trade disputes, negotiations, and agreements. This book explains thedynamics of conflict and cooperation over consumer and environmental regulation between the European Union and the United States. It explores the most celebrated cases of transatlantic conflicts over regulatory standards--the EU's beef hormone and leg-trap bans, and America's fuel economy regulations--as well as the successes of the two partners in coordinating rules for chemical and drug testing, animal inspection, and the reduction of ozone-depleting chemicals. David Vogel argues thattransatlantic regulatory conflict has less to do with protectionism and more to do with deeply rooted differences in cultural values and political priorities in Europe and the United States. These differences, he explains, constitute...
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