This second lecture on trade looks at the key variables of trade power - trade dependency, trading partners and resource dependency - especially energy. These three show the imbalances, which produce trade power held by the dominant political economies and/or multinational corporations. The relationship between trade policy and the nature of political regimes demonstrates the importance of trade as a precursor or indicator of the internal political positions. Finally, some contemporary developments indicate the growing use of trade power by multinational corporations and their associated states.
1. The Power Dimensions of Trade Power
2. Trade Dependency 2007
3. Direction of World Exports 2008
4. Resource Dependency 2007
5. Trade Policy and Political Regimes
6. Law, Trade and Politics: Vocabulary and Relationships
7. Current use of Trade Power