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Why do we see so much public opposition to TTIP?
Thu 2 February 2017, 18:15 – 20:00 GMT
Policy and Practice Series: 'Why do we see so much public opposition to TTIP? The politicization of trade policy in Europe'.
Public opposition to TTIP is widespread across Europe. This contrasts with earlier trade negotiations carried out by the European Union, which attracted hardly any public attention. Why then have the negotiations with the United States become so contested? Drawing on evidence from public opinion surveys and experiments embedded in such surveys, this talk discusses the impact of interest groups and political parties on public attitudes towards TTIP. The research speaks to broader debates about the impact of political elites on public opinion.
Andreas Dür is Professor of International Politics at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He holds a doctoral degree from the European University Institute in Florence (2004). Prior to taking up his current position, he was a research fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (2003-2005) and a lecturer at University College Dublin (2005-2009). Dür has published close to 40 peer-reviewed articles on trade policy, interest group politics and European integration in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of European Public Policy. His latest book, Insiders versus outsiders: Interest group politics in multilevel Europe, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.