January 5: Policy-Making in the European Union, edited by Alasdair Young (Nunn School), Mark Pollack (Temple University) and Helen Wallace (British Academy) has just been published by Oxford University Press in the UK.
The 7th edition of Policy-Making in the European Union, edited by Alasdair Young (Nunn School), Mark Pollack (Temple University) and Helen Wallace (British Academy) has just been published by Oxford University Press in the UK (February in the U.S.). This definitive guide to policy-making in the EU provides unmatched analysis of major policy challenges, including the implications for European policy-making of the global financial crisis, the ensuing Great Recession, and sovereign debt crises. It also evaluates the differential impact of the Lisbon Treaty across EU policies and analyzes, one decade after the “big bang” enlargement in 2004, how expanded membership has affected policy-making. In advance praise for the volume, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb wrote, “From theory to practice to politics, Policy-Making in the European Union has it all.” Alasdair contributed chapters on the EU’s policy process in comparative perspective and on the single European market, and co-authored the introduction and conclusion. Please visit the publisher's website for more information.
October 22: "Philippe Hazane, Space Attaché and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales Representative in the French Embassy in the United States Guest Lecutre"
Philippe Hazane, Space Attaché and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Representative in the French Embassy in the United States spoke on French space activities and the European Space Agency(ESA). He provided insight into important issues that will be discussed in the upcoming ESA Ministerial Conference in December.
This event was sponsored by the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy.
October 9: "FAA International Affairs Director Speaks on International Aviation Safety"
The Nunn School’s Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering hosted a public talk by Carey Fagan, the Executive Director of International Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration. In a wide ranging talk, Ms Fagan discussed why international cooperation is particularly important in aviation. The talk was attended by faculty and students from the Nunn School and Aerospace Engineering and by members of the business community, including the Air France KLM Group Representative at Delta Airlines. The talk was associated with Alasdair Young’s Jean Monnet Chair.
June 5: "Challenges in U.S. Trade Policy"
Dr. Alasdair Young gave a talk on the "Challenges in US Trade Policy" at the North Atlanta Rotary Club
June 4: "21st Century U.S. Trade Policy"
Dr. Alasdair Young gave a talk on "21st Century US Trade Policy" at the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions Discussion Program, Village At Deaton Creek discussion group (Hoschton, GA)
June 1: Global Parochial Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics published by Oxford University Press
Alasdair Young's book with John Peterson, Global Parochial Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics published by Oxford University Press in the UK in April, online in May, and in the U.S. in June.
The following is a brief description of the book:
Europe’s trade policies matter in global politics. Despite the recent focus on Brazil, India, and particularly China, the European Union remains the world’s largest market and trader. Despite its recent economic troubles, Europe remains in a powerful position to shape how globalization is governed. We know surprisingly little about how its trade policy is actually made, because previous works have focused on individual trade policy decisions to the detriment of the ‘big picture’ of the Union as a trade power. Parochial Global Europe argues that trade policy is composed of multiple, distinct policies. Each presents a distinctive constellation of mobilized societal preferences, pattern of political institutions, and range of government preferences. The balance of economic power between the EU and its trade partner(s) affects the stakes involved. Together these four factors define trade policy subsystems, which help explain both the EU’s objectives and whether it realizes them. The authors advance this argument by analyzing the EU’s role in the troubled Doha Round; its use of anti-dumping and pursuit of market access; the trade effects of its single market program; and its efforts at regulatory diplomacy, including the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. Parochial Global Europe thus focuses centrally on 21st century trade policy. It also sheds light on the EU as a global actor by analyzing its use of trade policy as a tool of foreign policy from promoting development, to encouraging human rights and environmental protection, to punishing security threats.
An excerpt was published in the May issue of E!Sharp (available at: http://esharp.eu/big-debates/transatlantic-matters/205-parochial-global-europe-21st-century-trade-politics/)
May 29: Young article "Europe as a Global Regulator? The Limits of EU Influence in International Food Safety Standards" published in Journal of European Public Policy
Alasdair Young's article "Europe as a Global Regulator? The Limits of EU Influence in International Food Safety Standards" has just been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, and is available at www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2014.910871
The European Union is often depicted as global regulatory power. This article contends that this depiction, while not unfounded, is misleading. It aims to clarify under what conditions the EU converts its regulatory capability into influence. Specifically it seeks to resolve the puzzle of the EU’s poor performance in the setting of global food safety standards within the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The argument is deceptively simple. The EU’s limited influence is due to it being a preference outlier. In a context where standards can be agreed by voting, the stringency of the EU’s regulations, rather than being a source of influence, is a liability. This extreme case demonstrates that the EU’s ability to exercise international influence is affected by the constellation of preferences and the distribution of power. This article, therefore, contributes to the emerging literature that contends that the EU’s international effectiveness can be understood only with explicit reference to the international context within which it is operating.
May 13: The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Dr Alasdair Young spoke to the Atlanta International Club on 'The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.’ The talk introduced the economic and political significance of the T-TIP negotiations, which began between the United States and the European Union in July. It identified the procedural and political challenges the negotiations face, and concluded that an agreement is likely to be less rather than more ambitious. While any agreement is unlikely to make many (if any) worse off, many are likely to be dissatisfied with what is achieved. Securing ratification of an agreement, therefore,will require managing that disappointment.
May 5: Birchfield serves on National Screening Committee for the Fulbright-Hays Program
Dr. Vicki Birchfield was invited for the second time to serve on the National Screening Committee of the Fulbright-Hays Program sponsored by the United States Department of State. The program selects candidates for research and study in the European Union.