Outside Lobbying and the Politicization of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

  • Niels GheyleEmail author
  • Ferdi De Ville


After more than 3 years of negotiations, talks between the EU and the USA for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have eventually been put on ice. While this is partly the result of the inherently difficult nature of the negotiations, traditional business-oriented explanations of EU trade policy have difficulties explaining this outcome. What is more, many commentators and political actors have attributed a large part of the standstill to civil society contestation, an unexpected player in terms of political power. An initially small group of civil society organizations has vigorously voiced their grievances and claims and, while doing so, has persuaded numerous other organizations, movements, and citizens to join this battle. In this chapter, we argue that insights from the literatures on “outside lobbying” and, especially, “politicization” are necessary to understand the origins, dynamics, and (possibly far-reaching) consequences of this broad contestation of TTIP.


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  1. 1.Centre for EU StudiesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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