Working Papers series

Flickr - Paul Scadler - pschadlerWe at the Berlin Forum on Global Politics are committed to open knowledge, contributing to the debate on subjects related to global politics with Creative Commons-licensed materials – so that these are freely and easily accessible to everybody, everywhere, and anytime.

When discussing topical matters, at times it is better to share a critical analysis immediately, without the delays that are required by peer review processes or the limitations in access to the general public of academic and expert knowledge caused by publishers’ paywalls.

Since newspapers and magazines also have length restrictions, we found that a working paper series may be another suitable format through which to make open knowledge available to our academic peers, fellow policy analysts, and other interested parties among the general public.

Inasmuch as working papers, these texts are preliminary drafts, shared as materials that intend to stimulate discussion in the hopes of constructive feedback, attempting to bypass the constraints of the dizzying speed in which events, opinions, and courses of action unfold in contemporary society.

Our aim to share critical analysis in a timely manner continues to go hand in hand with our commitment to academic quality and standards. In this sense, the research published in the working papers is conducted rigorously and the work of others, when used, is appropriately acknowledged. Similarly, the texts are subject to proofreading, revision, and editing by the Berlin Forum on Global Politics.

We hope that you find these contributions valuable. Do feel free to download them and share them with your networks, since they are also licensed as Creative Commons. Lastly, do not be shy about sharing with us what you think about them. You can always write to us at our email, contact@bfogp.org, in relation to this or other matters.

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2015 | An unequal treaty: TTIP and inequality in Europe

Abstract: TTIP, which is currently negotiated between the EU and the US, is largely portrayed as a blessing and, especially on the European side, backed by communicational campaigns and econometric impact studies with the aim to appease growing criticism among the wider population. However, both the EU Commission’s constant win-win rhetoric and the overly optimistic and simplistic scientific assessments of (willingly) fail to take into account the multiplicity of potential (negative) consequences on European societies, especially if TTIP is purely conducted in the vested interest of transatlantic elites, as well as the financial and corporate sector. A high price that Europe may have to pay is a rise in the actual and (mis-)perceived level of inequality, which again might put the future of the EU at serious risk (e.g., rise of populism, migration pressures, growing imbalances and so forth). Only if citizens in Europe as well as legitimately elected representatives bethink themselves of the long egalitarian and democratic European tradition and start reclaiming their rights in the name of unity, solidarity, and prosperity could TTIP turn out to be beneficial, instead of turning into an ‘unequal treaty’ with Europe at the losing end.

2014 | The spatial dimension of TTIP: De- and re-territorialization in the making

Abstract: The EU and USA proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) whose necessity is argued on the basis that it not only has the potential to cover over 50% of global trade in the near future, but also that it will: revitalize the transatlantic partnership, foster trade, create jobs, increase efficiency due to intensified bi-regional competition, besides start forming a counterweight to the Asian and Pacific rise. Accordingly, our paper aims to shed new light on the TTIP debate by addressing its critical aspects and, in particular, by analyzing the negative effects of its underlying spatial reconfigurations. The application of the Deleuzian concepts of deterritorialization and reterritorialization leads to a series of theoretical considerations that explain how TTIP: 1) creates space through the contractual integration of two regions and/or volitional balancing of others, 2) expands space through legal homogenization and common regulatory standards and 3) limits space through the exchange of surveillance data and heightened institutional control over the Internet.

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