Transatlantic Trade Negotiatons, Civil Society Campaigns and Public Opinion

  • Leif Johan EliassonEmail author


The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) constitutes an attempt to improve job creation and boost the economies on both sides of the Atlantic by eliminating tariffs and reducing other trade barriers, including many regulatory differences. Economic benefits and standard-setting impacts notwithstanding, politics, and perceptions of acceptability, not economics, will determine the agreement’s fate, thus making constituency support necessary for treaty ratification. This chapter looks at how anti-TTIP civil society organizations have executed an extensive, often professionally structured, and highly influential mobilization against TTIP. Pan-European civil society organizations’ activities impacted public opinion across Europe, which in turn impacted governments’ positions, the Commission’s trade policies, and textual proposals for TTIP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and EconomicsEast Stroudsburg UniversityEast StroudsburgUSA

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