The European Union is the world’s largest market and one of the world’s largest importers and exporters of goods and services. Its trade policies, therefore, have significant implications for the rest of the world. Trade policy is also the external policy in which European integration is greatest. Consequently, it is central to the EU being a global actor. Moreover, the decision to pursue a common trade policy was one of the foundational decisions of European integration. Research is particularly focused on three specific topics:
- Transatlantic economic relations
- the EU’s trade policy in interesting times
- EU compliance with WTO rules
Overarching trade policy activities and publications
7 July 2020 Alasdair Young participated in a virtual roundtable on EU trade policy and the Covid-19 crisis.
30 January 2020 Alasdair Young participated in a book workshop and in a panel discussion on “EU-Asia Relations in Turbulent Times” at the University of Melbourne.
3 May 2019 Alasdair Young participated in a panel on geopolitical challenges at the 3rd Annual World Trade Day, Atlanta.
8-9 April 2019 Alasdair Young participated in a book workshop on the EU’s relations with the Asia-Pacific at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Alasdair Young (ed.), The Politics of Deep Integration special issue of The Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 30/5-6, 2017
Chad Damro and Alasdair Young, “National Aims and Adaptation: Lessons from the Market,” in A. Hadfield, I. Manners and R. Whitman (eds), Foreign Policies of EU Member States: Continuity and Europeanisation, Routledge.
20 Sept. 2016 Alasdair Young participated in a panel discussion on “Free Trade or Protectionism?” at the University of Pittsburgh.
Young, A.R. and Peterson, J., ‘Trade’ in A.K. Aarstad, E. Drieskens, K. E. Jörgensen, K. Laatikainen and B. Tonra (eds), Sage Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Sage, 2015, Vol. 2, 837-52.
Young, A.R., ‘Liberalizing Trade, Not Exporting Rules: The Limits to Regulatory Coordination in the EU’s “New Generation” Preferential Trade.’ Journal of European Public Policy, 22/9, 2015. Author e-print.
Young, A.R. and Peterson, J., Parochial Global Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics, Oxford University Press, 2014. To read an excerpt from this book, click here. To read a review, click here.
Young, A.R., ‘The Value of Pointalism? Integrating Trade and Development and the EU as a Global Actor,’ Contemporary Politics, 20/1, 2014, 118-26.
Young, A.R. and Peterson, J., ‘“We Care About You, But….:” The Politics of EU Trade Policy and Development,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 26/3, 2013: 497-518.
Young, A.R., ‘The Rise and Fall(?) of the EU’s Performance in the Multilateral Trading System,’ Journal of European Integration, 33/6, 2011: 715-29.