Political Opposition to Trade Agreements
Some international trade negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership run into a wall of sustained, visible, strong opposition. Others, like the Information Technology generate far less push-back. It is not just these two. Trade negotiations over the last quarter century have generated widely varying levels of opposition. Why do some trade deals run into fierce opposition and others do not? Relatedly, what political narratives drive highly salient, potentially lethal, opposition to trade agreements? This talk examines how three narratives generate greater salience and strength for trade opposition: concerns about corporations, a zero-sum view of international economics, and a yearning for national domestic distinctiveness.
This presentation is given by Prof. Gary Winslett, Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies and Political Science at Boston College. Winslett researches issues in International Political Economy, including cross-national differences in regulations regarding international trade and how governments negotiate over those trade barriers. He spent 2016-2017 as a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy.
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Sponsored by the International Studies Program.
Wednesday, November 15 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm
McGuinn Hall, Room 223
Boston College, 140 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA