International Trade Policy and European Industry

The Case of the Electronics Business

  • Marcel van Marion

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


Trade policy has played a vital role in the decline of European electronics business. The events that resulted in the disappearance of the European television industry, of a European and Japanese video recorder format and of other European consumer electronics are directly related to market structures in exporting countries and business practices. In this book, factual business data shows and economic models explain how restrictive trade practices result in elimination of efficient competitors in export markets. It deals with the memorable case how a videocassette recorder format was established by dumping and how politics enabled it. An innovative tariff increase for CD players was invalidated by heavy dumping, causing closure of production in Europe. European CTV industry succumbed under permanent dumping and a series of biases – as the interest of a state-owned company – and serious errors making trade instruments void and rules irreconcilable with international agreements. Practical and theoretical examples and explanations, some in detail, of trade rules are provided. The book sketches events – carelessness, prejudice or special interests, arbitrary and false application of trade instruments and fraud – resulting in disappearance of various European electronics business segments.


Dumping Electronics business European industry Market structures Trade policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Marcel van Marion
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  1. 1.EindhovenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00391-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00392-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1933
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