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WatPEG Roundtable: “Trade Policy Contestation in North America and Europe: Diverging or Converging Trends?”

November 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89282515688?pwd=Sk8xc0ZsR0JhRzFaVVR4MXhzZG1jdz09

Meeting ID: 892 8251 5688
Passcode: 469066

Trade policy contestation has become more salient in North America and Europe over the past decade. The extent to which this trend has been driven by similar factors, however, is far from clear. In Europe, contestation appears to result primarily from increasing politicization of trade policy in particular, and European integration more generally. Civil society mobilization, party politics and regional units constitute a complex configuration of factors challenging established practices and goals of trade policy in the post-Lisbon era. In North America, by contrast, contestation has not exposed trade policy-making in a similar way to the dynamics of mass politics like in Europe. Rather, current challenges are more contingent upon shifting policy preferences of federal governments, most notably the resurgence of variants of neo-mercantilism or the Trudeau government’s progressive trade agenda.

This panel takes stock of these trends through a comparative lens. Participants discuss the degree of continuity and change in European and North American trade policy developments, the driving forces behind convergent and divergent patterns as well as the potential medium- and long-term implications of contestation for future directions of trade policy.


Patrick Leblond, Associate Professor, Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa and CIGI Senior Fellow

Christopher Kukucha, Professor, University of Lethbridge

Marcela López Vallejo, Department of Pacific Studies of the University Center of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Guadalajara

Maria Garcia, Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, University of Bath


November 14, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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