What is it about?
Economic integration between countries (like trade agreements) has become a hot political topic. What drives economic integration? Most observers assume that social actors like economic firms and exporters are the main drivers of ambitious economic integration. We show that this is not always the case: sometimes, state actors (like governments and officials) have their own motivations for economic integration.
Why is it important?
Most observers assume that economic policy reflects 'demand' from social actors (like economic firms), and is 'supplied' by government. We show that this is not always true - governments can also 'demand' economic policy.
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This page is a summary of: Divergent Paths of State-Society Relations in European and Trans-Tasman Economic Integration, Journal of European Integration, July 2015, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2015.1057819.
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