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Procedures matter: Justice and effectiveness in international trade negotiations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
George Mason University, USA.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of International Relations, ISSN 1354-0661, E-ISSN 1460-3713, Vol. 20, no 4, 1014-1042 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International negotiators have faced repeated stalemates in a number of significant areas. Justice issues are at the heart of the matter in many cases, as vividly illustrated by trade negotiations, particularly at the multilateral level. Yet, issues of justice have received limited attention in research on trade negotiation. This article asks: do trade negotiators who take justice principles into account arrive at more effective agreements? Specifically, it explores relationships between two types of justice during the negotiation process — procedural and distributive justice — and the effectiveness of outcomes (agreements) in 22 cases of bilateral and multilateral international trade negotiation. It evaluates the impacts of these types of justice on negotiation effectiveness. The results from analyses clearly demonstrate that procedural justice plays a central role in contributing to effective outcomes in both bilateral and multilateral trade cases. The correlations between procedural justice and effectiveness are very strong, and significantly stronger than between distributive justice and effectiveness. Moreover, distributive justice impacts upon effectiveness only when procedural justice principles are observed. These findings contribute knowledge about factors that enhance effective outcomes in international negotiations. They extend earlier work on justice in peace agreements and fill a gap in the research literature. They also provide advice for negotiators, and add important questions to the future research agenda.

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London: Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 1014-1042 p.
Keyword [en]
Distributive justice, effective agreements, international trade negotiations, procedural justice
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-235748DOI: 10.1177/1354066114523654ISI: 000345231000007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-235748DiVA: diva2:761797
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P09-0448:1-E
Available from: 2014-11-07 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2014-12-31Bibliographically approved

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