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Making transatlantic economic relations work

By Stephen Barber and Henning Meyer


Relative to security issues, Transatlantic Economic Relations (TER) has been neglected by politicians and underexplored by academics and yet is of increasing importance. This article argues that TER is characterised by the mutual dysfunctionality of the political agenda and its institutional structure. The traditional narrow agenda, which has focused almost exclusively on reducing non-tariff trade barriers, is a principal reason for this. This article uses the case of industrial and labour relations to demonstrate that greater engagement with major stakeholders and broadening the political agenda are key to breaking the deadlock. The article also argues for institutional innovations that could in principle be transferred to other neglected policy areas of TER

Topics: H Social Sciences (General), HC Economic History and Conditions, JZ International relations
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell / LSE
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00060.x
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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