The principal driving force behind regionalism in the 1990s and onwards is the increased globalization of production process and the aim of countries to pool together regional markets in order to enhance their attractiveness as production hub for global production. Understanding the political economy underpinnings of this new regionalism needs a theoretical framework that takes increasing returns to scale into account. In part one of this dissertation some initial attempts towards this direction are undertaken. The second part takes a more applied approach in the analysis of regionalism. Specifically, the political economy determinants of EU Trade policy is studied, as well as the effectiveness of ASEAN preferentialism.

ASEAN free trade area, CGE modelling, EU trade policy, agglomeration, endogenous protection, increasing returns to scale, regionalism, rule of origin
J.F. Fran├žois (Joseph)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Francois, Prof. Dr. J.F. (promotor)
978-90-90-21274-6
hdl.handle.net/1765/8112
Erasmus School of Economics

Pelkmans-Balaoing, A.O. (2006, November 17). Regional Integration and Endogenous Protection. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/8112