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Trade in Ideas and the Ideas of Trade

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Material Information

Title: Trade in Ideas and the Ideas of Trade Using Constructivist Political Economy to Explain the Spread of Economic Regionalism
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Tubridy, Adam
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Trade Agreements
Political Economy
Constructivism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The number of regional trade agreements (RTAs) has expanded greatly since the early 1990s, inspiring a body of literature that attempts to explain the creation of these agreements through the use of a "thin" utility maximizing framework. However, even the most successful econometric studies of RTAs leave a significant residual of unexplained cases. This study develops a "thick" model of norm dynamics as an alternative to the traditional framework. Using existing econometric data, the effects of economic determinants were controlled for and a dataset of idiosyncratic cases was established. Two dyadic pairs were drawn to examine the constructivist micro-determinants of regionalism with each dyad consisting of a case of excessive and insufficient regionalism. In each case constructivist explanations were very useful in explaining the divergence in regionalism. Unfortunately, no unified typology of norm transmission could be drawn from the case studies, as a few different mechanisms seemed to be at work. To expl in the macrodynamics of regionalism, a qualitative constructivist model was built and compared to contemporary economic models. Although preliminary efforts were encouraging, it was very difficult to segregate the effects of economic and constructivist variables on a macro scale. Ultimately, norm-based explanations of RTA expansion seem to be very salient, despite difficulties at arriving at a universal typology.
Statement of Responsibility: by Adam Tubridy
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 T9
System ID: NCFE004032:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004032/00001

Material Information

Title: Trade in Ideas and the Ideas of Trade Using Constructivist Political Economy to Explain the Spread of Economic Regionalism
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Tubridy, Adam
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Trade Agreements
Political Economy
Constructivism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The number of regional trade agreements (RTAs) has expanded greatly since the early 1990s, inspiring a body of literature that attempts to explain the creation of these agreements through the use of a "thin" utility maximizing framework. However, even the most successful econometric studies of RTAs leave a significant residual of unexplained cases. This study develops a "thick" model of norm dynamics as an alternative to the traditional framework. Using existing econometric data, the effects of economic determinants were controlled for and a dataset of idiosyncratic cases was established. Two dyadic pairs were drawn to examine the constructivist micro-determinants of regionalism with each dyad consisting of a case of excessive and insufficient regionalism. In each case constructivist explanations were very useful in explaining the divergence in regionalism. Unfortunately, no unified typology of norm transmission could be drawn from the case studies, as a few different mechanisms seemed to be at work. To expl in the macrodynamics of regionalism, a qualitative constructivist model was built and compared to contemporary economic models. Although preliminary efforts were encouraging, it was very difficult to segregate the effects of economic and constructivist variables on a macro scale. Ultimately, norm-based explanations of RTA expansion seem to be very salient, despite difficulties at arriving at a universal typology.
Statement of Responsibility: by Adam Tubridy
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 T9
System ID: NCFE004032:00001

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