Cooperation and Closure in Bilateral Trade Negotiations

Larry Crump
Little is known about cooperation between nations engaged in a regional economic association. This study investigates cooperation and closure between Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies engaged in negotiating five bilateral free trade agreements (FTA), including the Australia–Singapore FTA 2003, United States–Singapore FTA 2003, Chile–United States FTA 2003, Australia–United States FTA 2004, and Korea–Australia FTA 2014. This study found that a number of factors bring about or interfere with cooperation at the closure stage. Negotiation...
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