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Title: Why TTIP is an unprecedented geopolitical game-changer, but not a Polanyian moment
Author: Eliasson, Leif Johan
Garcia-Duran Huet, Patricia
Keywords: Relacions bilaterals
Països de la Unió Europea
Comerç internacional
Relacions intergovernamentals
Bilateral relations
European Union countries
International trade
Interstate relations
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract: This paper looks at the TTIP from a trade policy perspective. It argues that while TTIP is an unprecedented bilateral agreement, it does not constitute a Polanyian moment. TTIP is unprecedented in both EU and international trade policy terms because it offers an alternative to WTO multilateralism. Never before has bilateralism offered such a 'best alternative to no agreement' (BATNA) to members of the core decision-making body of the WTO negotiating arm, making TTIP an unprecedented geopolitical game-changer. The anti-TTIP campaign, however, has not been driven either by geopolitical or trade liberalization concerns but by fears about EU bargaining power. By strategically focusing on the potential impact on public policy and safety standards, normative arguments promulgated by opponents to TTIP reflect concerns with perceived threats to the EU status quo, and a willingness to preserve the same. The US is presented (implicitly) as more powerful than the EU, and therefore perceived as able to impose its preferences which are considered too neo-liberal.
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It is part of: Journal of European Public Policy, 2017, vol. 24, num. 10, p. 1522-1533
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ISSN: 1350-1763
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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