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EU:s Handelspolicy: Liberalism eller Merkantilism?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Uppsatsen syfte är att ta reda på ifall den Europeiska Unionens (EU) handelspolicy för den interna respektive den externa marknaden följer den liberala retoriken som förs av unionen. Det är en komparativ fallstudie som använder sig av idealtyper för att ge en nyanserad bild av unionens handelspolicy. Det teoretiska ramverket som används för att framställa dessa idealtyper är merkantilism samt liberalism. Idealtyperna appliceras sedan på de två fallen. Fokus för studien ligger på tiden mellan Lissabonfördraget och 2012 innan den senaste utvidgningen till 28 medlemsstater ägde rum. I analysen kan man se delar av båda teorierna i varierande grad. Avslutningsvis diskuteras i vilken grad de båda teorierna influerar EU:s handelspolicy för den inre samt yttre marknaden. I resultatet kan man se att liberalismen genomsyrar stora delar av EU:s handelspolicy, men att det finns merkantilistiska undertoner i ett flertal olika områden.

Abstract [en]

The aim with this thesis is to find out whether the European Union (EU) trade policy for the internal and the external market comply with the liberal rhetoric that is conducted by the Union. It is a comparative case study based on ideal types to give the reader a nuanced view of EU:s trade policy. The theoretical framework that is being used to produce the ideal types is mercantilism and liberalism. Consequently, the ideal types are being applied on the two cases. The focus of the study is the time between the Lisbon Treaty and 2012, before the recent enlargement to 28 member states took place. In the analysis, one can see portions of both theories in varying degrees. Finally, the extent of how liberalism and mercantilism influences EU:s trade policy for the internal and the external market is being discussed. The result of the thesis show that liberalism influence most parts of the trade policy, but there are also some mercantilist undertones in several areas. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
European Union, Trade Policy, Liberalism, Mercantilism, Ideal Types, Protectionism, Free Trade
Keyword [sv]
Europeiska Unionen, Handelspolicy, Liberalism, Merkantilism, Idealtyper, Protektionism, Frihandel
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39448OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-39448DiVA: diva2:783667
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Europena Studies Programme, 180 credits
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