Procedures matter: Justice and effectiveness in international trade negotiations

Albin, and Druckman, Daniel (2014) Procedures matter: Justice and effectiveness in international trade negotiations. European Journal of International Relations, 20 4: 1014-1042. doi:10.1177/1354066114523654

Author Albin,
Druckman, Daniel
Title Procedures matter: Justice and effectiveness in international trade negotiations
Journal name European Journal of International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-0661
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1354066114523654
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 4
Start page 1014
End page 1042
Total pages 29
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Distributive justice
Effective agreements
International trade negotiations
Procedural justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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