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Title: EU-US airplane subsidy disputes : Airbus vs. Boeing
Author: Shimada, Stephen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 779X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2012
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The core issues of this thesis are the EU-US airplane subsidy disputes, which are market-share driven, political-economic conflicts of interest, arising from the duopoly competition between Airbus and Boeing in the fourteen-year period from 1997 to 2011. The Airbus vs. Boeing dispute case is characterized by the complexity of the dispute - the largest ever to go before the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. The thesis focuses on government subsidy disputes between two big political and economic powers – the EU and the US – through an in-depth analysis of both sides of the arguments. With duopoly in the large commercial airplane industry, new insight can be gained through better understanding of potential net welfare gain or loss from having two competitive manufacturers competing against each other in a free marketplace. The legal issues are the core narratives of this thesis. Use of the case study enables us to better understand how these two corporate players, markets, and government policies make the difference in terms of economic outcomes. Hence, it is an effective means of addressing key problems in the real world of the large commercial airplane industry. The value added of this thesis comes from the contribution to scholarly research and practice by placing the Airbus vs. Boeing case study at the core of its political-economic debate on government subsidy issues. Therefore, the main theoretical framework of this study is state-business relationships, which explore different approaches in the EU and the US while recognizing that there are some differences between EU member states of Airbus. The study explains how the Airbus vs. Boeing case will be used, - and how it will be located within the wider theoretical and disciplinary perspectives of statebusiness relationships, based on the concepts developed by Susan Strange with some reference to the ‘varieties of capitalism’ debate by Peter Hall and David Soskice. The political-economic differences across the states are captured by the concepts advanced in the ‘varieties of capitalism’ debate, while both the statebusiness relationships and the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach were used to understand the individual corporate variations of Airbus and Being’s different business models. This study also investigates the political-economic implications of European competition policy, and the politics associated with it. The core of the subsidy dispute is about the relationship between the state and business in the context of the world trading system. The World Trade Organization (WTO) plays a critically important role by offering a dispute settlement mechanism - specifically as to what kind, and how much, aid a state can legally give to a business enterprise.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; HF Commerce