Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174842
Authors: 
De Bièvre, Dirk
Eckhardt, Jappe
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ECIPE Working Paper 03/2010
Abstract: 
In this paper, we provide a political economy account of the European Union's failed attempt to reform its anti-dumping legislation between 2006 and 2008. We review the role played by different interest groups, and the way public authorities at both European Commission and member state level responded to conflicting societal demands. Despite declining support among outsourcing producers and a rise in organisational capacity among importers and retailers, a coalition of heavy manufacturing producers mobilised against a change in the status quo. While the diffuse interests of consumer organisations and NGOs remained mute, sector consolidation was key to the capacity to mobilise against concentrated losses in defence of the vested interests of a policy community of traditional anti-dumping users, supportive member states, and the European Commission Directorate of trade defence.
Subjects: 
anti-dumping
collective action
interest groups
sector consolidation
geographical concentration
JEL: 
F10
F13
L11
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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