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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Challenging the European Union : The rising powers and the USA in the Doha Round


  • Anders Ahnlid
  • Ole Elgström

Summary, in English

In this article, the challenges posed to the European Union's (EU) role in trade policy and its implications for development policy during the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Agenda, also known as the Doha round, are highlighted. The authors argue that transformed power relations have created a situation characterized by role uncertainty for the emerging powers but also for the EU. Priorities among multiple possible roles - in the existing trade regime, in relation to the global South and in the ongoing negotiations - become subject to redefinition. For the EU, heavily wedded to a multilateralist and reformist mission because of its own history, this process is particularly difficult. The EU's traditional role conceptions as a leader and a benign partner to developing countries have been challenged and partly replaced by a more realist approach.


  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year







The Trade-Development Nexus in the European Union: Differentiation, Coherence and Norms

Document type

Book chapter


Taylor & Francis


  • Political Science




  • ISBN: 9781317596905
  • ISBN: 9781138816701