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date: 14 December 2017

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Studies of the politics of international trade draw on empirical analysis of changes in trade policies over time and on economic models of interests in trade policy. This introductory chapter provides a general overview of historical trends in trade policy and identifies some of the central empirical puzzles motivating studies of trade politics. It then turns to a summary of the dominant models of trade interests on which theories of the politics of trade build. Societal interests over trade policy are aggregated through domestic and international institutions to determine the choice of trade policies. Finally, it provides an overview of the contributions to this volume, which highlight cutting-edge scholarship on the politics of international trade.

Keywords: Trade politics, theory, historical trends, trade policy, societal interests

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