Regional vs. Global Trade Policy

Regional vs. Global Trade Policy

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar: 20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Vinko Kandžija, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

Introduce students with the specific features of the trade policy of regional trade blocks and/or those of dominant world countries as well as the possibilities of modeling trade policies within the limitations of the global business system.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

Theoretical framework:

  • Regionalism and trade blocks
  • Trade policies
  • Geography of international trade
  • Trade policy on different geographical levels
  • Multilateral trade policies
  • Regionalism and EU trade policy
  • Regionalism and trade policy of selected integrations
  • Cooperation of the EU and selected integrations in trade negotiations
  • Trade flows between the EU and selected integrations
  • Trade between the EU and selected integrations
  • Trade policy in relation to trade flows between the EU and selected integrations
  • From national to regional trade policy – Croatia’s example
  • Main trade barriers in the trading between the EU and selected integrations
  • Methods of trade flows analysis
  • Basic concept
  • Research design
  • Data collection and choice of research method

3.  Readings

  • Krugman, P., Obstfeld, M., Melitz, M., 2014, International Trade: Theory and Policy, Pearson, 10th ed.
  • Kandžija, V., Cvečić, I., 2010, Ekonomika i politika EU (Economics and Politics of the EU), Faculty of Economics of the University of Rijeka, Rijeka
  • Farrell, M., Hettne, B., Van Langenhove, L., 2005, Global Politics of Regionalism: Theory and Practice, Pluto Press
  • Nello, S.S., 2011, The European Union: Economics, Policy and History 3/e, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Pelkmans, J., 2006, European Integration: Methods and Economic Analysis, Pearson Education
  • Bhagwati, J., 2002, Free Trade Today, Princeton University Press,
  • Siles-Brügge, G, 2014, Constructing European Union Trade Policy: A Global Idea of Europe (International Political Economy Series), Palgrave Macmillan

4. Intended learning outcomes

The student will be qualified for independent critical analysis of the national trade policies, regional integration agreements and the global trade systems. Knowledge of trade policy principles and practices is important from the perspectives of experts, especially in the area of international trade, the global economy and integration issues. Knowledge of these topics will help students to understand the global trade system and consequently, the students should become capable of autonomously summarising and analysing the results of the negotiations and formulation of international trade arrangements.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars and workshops.
  • Reserach & individual studiing.
  • Multimedia and Internet.
  • Consultation & mentoring.

6. Assessment

Attendance and activity in class 15%
Preparation and presentation of research 35%
Seminar paper 50%