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T-TIP: curb your enthusiasm

Coulter, Steve (2014) T-TIP: curb your enthusiasm. LSE New European Trade Unions (22 May 2014). Website.

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What a difference a decade or so makes. When the last round of WTO trade talks was underway in the early 2000s, opinion was split on whether it would supercharge world growth or destroy our entire way of life. By contrast, today’s ongoing discussion between the EU and USA on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are passing virtually un-noticed. True, there are stirrings of disquiet over what it will mean for certain sectors, like services or (French) culture. And some activists worry about potential provisions for something called ‘investor state dispute settlement’, which ostensibly allows corporations to take legal action against governments deemed to be breaching trade laws, for example by protecting jobs in favoured industries or enforcing employment protection laws. But nothing on the scale of the agitation seen previously. Why is this?

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s)
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 14:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2021 23:40

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