CE Marking, Product Standards and World Trade

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CE Marking, Product Standards and World Trade

9781843767732 Edward Elgar Publishing
David Hanson, Associate Professor of International Business, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, US
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84376 773 2 Extent: 256 pp
CE Marking, the European system of mandatory product safety standards, has created major obstacles for US exporters to the European Union (EU). CE Marking, Product Standards and World Trade is one of the first books to analyze the nature and dynamics of this major non-tariff trade barrier. David Hanson looks at the patterns of EU decision-making through a functional comparative analysis with the US, and in the context of the institutional alliances and rivalries that shape outcomes.

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CE Marking, the European system of mandatory product safety standards, has created major obstacles for US exporters to the European Union (EU). CE Marking, Product Standards and World Trade is one of the first books to analyze the nature and dynamics of this major non-tariff trade barrier. David Hanson looks at the patterns of EU decision-making through a functional comparative analysis with the US, and in the context of the institutional alliances and rivalries that shape outcomes.

An increasingly important but little understood issue, CE Marking is also an example of a growing problem in international commerce – the impact of inconsistent domestic product requirements on international trade. The author examines the way in which the EU has implemented the CE Marking system, its impact on US exporters, the dynamic of US–EU trade and negotiations, and the political and administrative arrangements that support them.

This comprehensive study will be of great interest to students and scholars of industrial economics and international business. Business people and policymakers will also find much of interest in this timely volume.
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Background to CE Marking 3. A New Approach to Product Regulation 4. From Directives to Standards 5. From Notified Bodies to Surveillance Authorities 6. The American System 7. Dueling Standards 8. Building Bridges 9. New Directions 10. What Can We Learn from CE Marking? Index
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