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Understanding Mega Free Trade Agreements

The Political and Economic Governance of New Cross-Regionalism, 1st Edition

Edited by Jean-Baptiste Velut, Louise Dalingwater, Vanessa Boullet, Valérie Peyronel

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The rise of cross-regional trade agreements is a defining trend of the current international trade system as shown by the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2015, the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the USA and the EU as well as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between countries in Asia and Oceania. These differ from previous agreements in their economic significance and large geographic scale, and the wide scope of trade-related issues.

The current rise of nationalist and isolationist ideologies across Europe and the USA has raised questions on the future of cross-regional trade deals and made the need to understand their implications for economic and political governance ever more urgent. Two main forms of governance that are central to this volume are the democratic tensions over new generation trade deals on the one hand, and their geopolitical ramifications on the other, which have come into collision to herald the advent of a highly uncertain period of world politics. Many of the questions tackled in this volume, surrounding the democratic governance of trade agreements – whether long-held debates on the inclusion of workers’ voices, controversies on intrusive "behind the border" provisions undermining national sovereignty and local autonomy or new questions on digital rights – are crucial to understand the ebbing popular support for far-reaching trade agreements.

This book will be a useful learning tool for students and scholars in a wide range of fields, including Globalisation, Global Governance, International Political Economy, International Trade and Investment and International Law, and should also be of interest to EU trade negotiators, international policymakers and business associations.

Reviews

"A must-read for scholars and students alike. Properly well crafted for academic use, the book provides a solid and consistent account of the political economy of trade governance from its novelties in a changing global world up to the regulatory side and relation with politics. It provides useful and well-varied examples for the classroom. The work is an indispensable contribution for the discipline of International Political Economy." - Ernesto Vivares, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Ecuador

"This book provides a critical and timely account of the wide array of, and complexity of governance issues surrounding new cross-regionalism. A must read for all actors with an interest in the implications of the newest generation of trade deals for the global economy, and a commitment to configuring trade deals to make them more just, equitable and sustainable." - Annita Montoute, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Mega-Free Trade Agreements: The Political and Economic Governance of New Cross-Regionalism

Jean-Baptiste Velut (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

PART I – THE GEOSTRATEGIC STAKES OF NEW CROSS-REGIONALISM 

Chapter 1: From APEC to the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The United States, Asia and Interconnection Agreements

Christian Deblock (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Chapter 2: Defining an "Economic NATO": the Implications of TTIP for Transatlantic Security and Defense

Christopher Griffin (TRENDS Research and Advisory, Abu Dhabi)

Chapter 3: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Assessing the Role of a Mega-Free Trade Agreement in US Diplomacy

Guillaume de Rougé (NATO Desk, French Ministry of Defence)

PART II – CROSS-REGIONAL FTAS AS INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY REGIMES

Chapter 4: Regulatory Networks versus Trade Negotiations: Addressing Transatlantic Coordination Failure in Financial Regulation

Peter Knaack (UCLA)

Chapter 5: Shifting Governance: TTIP and the Public Services Debate

Louise Dalingwater (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

Chapter 6: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: the Entertainment Triad

Guy-Philippe Wells (Université du Québec à Montréal)

PART III – THE ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE OF NEW CROSS-REGIONALISM

Chapter 7: Regional Trade Agreements and International Production Networks

Iza Lejárraga (OECD)

Chapter 8: Designing Credible Commitment: The Political Economy of Dispute Settlement Design in PTAs

Sooyeon Kim (National University of Singapore) & Tobias Hofmann (University of Utah)

Chapter 9: The Impact of the TTIP on the Irish Economic Development Model

Vanessa Boullet (Université de Lorraine)

PART IV - THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICS OF NEW CROSS-REGIONALISM

Chapter 10: Civil Society Participation in EU and US Trade Politics –TTIP and TPP in Context

Rafael Peels (ILO Research Department) & Jonas Aissi (ILO Research Department)

Chapter 11: The Digital Trade Imbalance and its Implications for Internet Governance

Susan Aaronson (George Washington University)

Conclusion

Jean-Baptiste Velut (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) & Louise Dalingwater (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

About the Editors

Jean-Baptiste Velut is Associate Professor in American Studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

Louise Dalingwater is Associate Professor in British studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

Vanessa Boullet is Associate Professor in Irish Studies at the University of Lorraine.

Valérie Peyronel is Professor of British and Irish Studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

About the Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series presents innovative analyses of a range of novel regional relations and institutions. Going beyond established, formal, interstate economic organizations, this essential series provides informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate about myriad heterogeneous intermediate-level interactions. Reflective of its cosmopolitan and creative orientation, this series is developed by an international editorial team of established and emerging scholars in both the South and North. It reinforces ongoing networks of analysts in both academia and think-tanks as well as international agencies concerned with micro-, meso- and macro-level regionalisms.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General