The Green Side of Protectionism: Environmental Concerns and Three Facets of Trade Policy Preferences

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

A large literature in international political economy views individuals' trade policy preferences as a function of the income effects of economic openness. We argue that the expected environmental consequences of free trade play a noteworthy and underappreciated role for protectionist attitudes that has not been noted so far. We use unique Swiss survey data that contains measures of individuals' environmental concerns and different aspects of trade policy preferences to examine whether those who are more concerned about the environment also hold more protectionist trade policy preferences. Our results support this expectation. Individuals who are more concerned about the environment tend to think that globalization has more negative than positive effects, more strongly support jobs-related protectionism, and place more emphasis on aspects that go beyond price and quality when evaluating foreign products. Our results suggest that also the expected environmental consequences of free trade matter for trade policy preferences and not just the potential effects on the domestic wage distribution.

Authors Bechtel, Michael M.; Bernauer, Thomas & Meyer, Reto
Journal or Publication Title Review of International Political Economy
Language English
Keywords International trade, trade policy preferences, environment, protectionism, environmental attitudes, individual data
Subjects political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 1 January 2012
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of Publication London UK
Volume 19
Number 5
Page Range 837-866
Number of Pages 30
ISSN 0969-2290
ISSN-Digital 1466-4526
Publisher DOI 10.1080/09692290.2011.611054
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Michael Bechtel
Date Deposited 24 Apr 2013 08:28
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:16
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/222405

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Bechtel, Michael M.; Bernauer, Thomas & Meyer, Reto (2012) The Green Side of Protectionism: Environmental Concerns and Three Facets of Trade Policy Preferences. Review of International Political Economy, 19 (5). 837-866. ISSN 0969-2290

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