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Mad-Cow Disease and the Politics of International Economic Law: Implications from Korean Experience

Title
Mad-Cow Disease and the Politics of International Economic Law: Implications from Korean Experience
Authors
Choi, Won-Mog
Ewha Authors
최원목
SCOPUS Author ID
최원목scopus
Issue Date
2012
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREA TRADE
ISSN
1229-828XJCR Link
Citation
vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 49 - 77
Keywords
Trade and Health PoliciesMad Cow DiseaseKorean Trade PolicyKorean Beef StrugglesSPS AgreementKorea-US Beef DisputeKorea-Canada Beef Dispute
Publisher
KOREA TRADE RESEARCH ASSOC
Indexed
SSCI; KCI WOS
Abstract
The health and food safety policy of every nation must be designed and implemented such that the goals of trade liberalization are balanced with the protection of health and food safety. However, problems arise because these mutually amicable paths of trade and health policies are occasionally thrown into disarray, as demonstrated by the recent beef struggles in Korea. This struggle demonstrates how badly a legitimate trade liberalization effort can be thrown into disarray if there is a lack of a consensus-building process in domestic politics. It also shows how deeply domestic politics may penetrate trade policies in situations in which there is an imbalance of power among interest groups. Serious and continuous procedural steps must be taken through active communication with the general public so that unnecessary political struggles induced by misinformation and consumer anxiety can he minimized. Without building consumer confidence in domestic politics, any international standards or scientific principles may only build a house of cards. To shape integrated trade and health policies in highly political environments, governments need to maintain a high-level health and food safety management system. Such a system, based on an overall balance of interest between domestic producers and consumers, should help stabilize their long-term trade relationship with the world.
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