This book examines developments in EU-US political and economic relations in the 1990s. It contributes to the existing literature by combining knowledge about actors and institutions to outline the transatlantic decision-making process.
It focuses not only on how states co-operate but how they effectively govern the transatlantic marketplace and the international political order through transatlantic institutions. Studying transatlantic governance enables us to understand not only how domestic, or EU level, decision-making structures affect transatlantic decisions but also how transatlantic decisions affect domestic institutions. In short, employing decision-making structures as an analytical approach helps us identify who governs and how, and who or what determines policy outcomes.
This book includes well-detailed case studies on EU-US efforts to fight the trafficking of persons, EU-US regulatory co-operation in the form of Mutual Recognition Agreements and the transatlantic trade dispute over bananas. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in what transatlantic relations entail outside the confines of NATO security. It will particularly appeal to students and researchers interested in the politics of international trade and political co-ordination within the disciplines of comparative politics and international relations, including American foreign policy and the external relations of the European Union. The case studies should appeal to anyone with an interest in global or transatlantic responses to transnational crime and the removal of both tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.