Supported by the European Commission Jean Monnet Chair (2012-3121) and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (2014-1842).
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiation between the European Union and the Unites States is the first major trade negotiation to seek seriously to overcome regulatory differences. In addition, the transatlantic economy is uniquely interpenetrated. As a consequence, TTIP is an early manifestation of 21st century trade politics characterized by very different patterns of interest group mobilization and different policy actors than traditional trade policies. Due to the high degree of interpenetration, trade occurs within firms and among friends more than between economies. As a result, American and European business associations have formed transatlantic alliances to advocate for liberalization. The challenge of addressing non-tariff barriers, however, has brought consumer and environmental groups and domestic regulators, as well as legislatures and US states and EU member states more fully into the trade policy process that has been the case in the past. This project aims draw early lessons from the new pattern of trade politics.
I wrote up my preliminary findings for the European Union Studies Association Conference in Boston, March 3-5 2015 and a revised and abridged version appeared in the summer 2015 issue of the EU Political Economy Bulletin.
I will be organizing a workshop on the politics of TTIP at Georgia Tech in the spring of 2016.