Economic Arguments in the Czech Discourse about Agricultural Trade Policy

  • Oldřich Krpec
  • Vladan Hodulák
Keywords: history of economic thought, mercantilism, classical economics, international economics, trade policy, Czech agricultural policy

Abstract

The aim of this article is to contribute to the discussion of the political economy of trade policy. We also focus on the issue of foreign agricultural trade policy in the contemporary Czech Republic. We assume that in the Czech discourse the position of economic nationalism and mercantilism is clearly dominant. We would like to demonstrate this through a content analysis of several major Czech journals. We also believe that the arguments of those who request further regulation of agricultural trade are not much different from those articulated in the discussion between the free trade stance and the mercantilist stance. Even though the prevailing arguments of classical economists are still not entirely accepted in the Czech Republic (certainly not in its economic policy), the strong mercantilist position in favor of the primary sector in the country, which has a strong comparative advantage in industrial production, is nevertheless an interesting object of research interest.

Author Biographies

Oldřich Krpec

 

 

Vladan Hodulák

 

 

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Research Articles