1st Edition

The EU and the New Trade Bilateralism 21st Century Trade

Edited By Finn Laursen, Christilla Roederer-Rynning Copyright 2019
    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    International trade policy, including the trade policies of the European Union (EU), has become controversial in recent years. This book illuminates the politicised process of the EU’s contemporary trade negotiations.

    The book uses the notion of ‘contentious market regulation’ to examine contemporary EU Free-Trade Agreements (FTAs) with industrialised countries: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the USA (TTIP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA), the EU-South Korea Agreement (KOREU), and the EU’s agreement with Japan (EU-Japan). It also analyses cross-cutting issues affecting trade policy, such as business dimensions, social mobilisation, parliamentary assertion, and investment.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Integration.

    1. Introduction: the new EU FTAs as contentious market regulation  2. Business dimensions of EU’s new FTAs  3. The new trade deals and the mobilisation of civil society organizations: comparing EU and US responses  4. National parliaments and the new contentiousness of trade  5. The new politics of trade negotiations: the case of the EU-Korea FTA  6. EU and trade policy-making: the contentious case of CETA  7. TTIP: contentious market regulation  8. The new politics of trade: EU-Japan  9. The European Union and the space-time continuum of investment agreements  10. European trade policy in interesting times


    Finn Laursen is Honorary Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Southern Denmark. His current research focuses on the EU as a marine and maritime policy actor and he has published widely on Ocean Politics, European Integration, and Comparative Regional Integration. He is a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, with responsibility for EU Politics and Comparative Regional Integration.

    Christilla Roederer-Rynning is Professor with special responsibilities in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Southern Denmark. Her current research focuses on the role of parliamentary actors in EU politics and the role of trilogues in the EU’s law-making process. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics, and the Journal of European Integration.