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The Politics of Trade Policy and the Trade Negotiating Process

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research book series (PSPHPR)

Abstract

This chapter presents an analysis of the actors, ideas, institutions and processes that shape trade policy and the negotiation of trade agreements. The roles played by nation states, industry, civil society and academics are explored. The trade policy-making process is described, and the ways in which influence is exerted. The role of intergovernmental organisations in the governance of trade and health is also explored. The chapter then turns to the need for advocacy and capacity building to improve policy coherence between trade and health. Strategies to advance health on the trade policy agenda are discussed, along with strategies to strengthen the capacity of trade and health officials for intersectoral policy making, as well as the capacity of health professionals and organisations to engage with trade policy.

Keywords

Trade policy making Politics Actors Institutions Processes Advocacy Capacity building 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and Public HealthLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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