Emily Lydgate | Is the golden age of Free Trade Agreements over?
Building on the roundtable discussion at the UKTPO Academic Conference last week, UKTPO’s Co-Director, Emily Lydgate, asks: Is the golden age of Free Trade Agreements over? Whilst trade cooperation seems like it has never been higher on the political agenda, these new trade arrangements and agreements don’t look much like the FTAs of the past. They’re often focused on what were traditionally seen as ‘non-trade objectives’; erect trade barriers with non-allies and can have collateral damage for trade cooperation even among countries who identify as allies. In the blog, Emily Lydgate suggests three broad trends for future regional trade cooperation, and reflects on the challenges for the international trade system that they bring into focus.
Director of UKTPO and InterAnalysis
Professor of Economics, University of Sussex