The Increasing Importance of Bilateral Agreements in the Foreign Trade Policy

Zdzislaw W. Puslecki


The main aim of the article is indication of the increasing importance of bilateral agreements in the foreign trade policy. The subject of the discussion and theoretical contribution in the undertaken research program is presents new tendencies in international business - the rise of importance of bilateral agreements in foreign trade policy. It is important to underline that a few multinational firms are responsible for a major share of world trade and for the rise of global supply chains. On the one hand, these firms should support regulatory harmonization across different Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) in order to lower trade costs. On the other hand, they might also resist harmonization – and encourage certain non-tariff measures – in order to prevent new competitors from entering markets. This may partly explain the persistence of regulatory divergence, and suggests that the political economy of regulatory convergence, especially in the conditions of the rise global supply chains, may be more complex than is sometimes suggested.

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Journal of Management and Strategy
ISSN 1923-3965 (Print)   ISSN 1923-3973 (Online)


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