Patricia Garcia-Duran publishes the book ‘Civil Society, Rhetoric of Resistance, and Transatlantic Trade’

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The EU-NormCon researcher, Patricia Garcia-Duran (UB) co-authored with Leif Johan Eliasson (East Stroudsburg University) the book ‘Civil Society, Rhetoric of Resistance, and Transatlantic Trade‘. The book was released by Palgrave Pilot, which is part of Palgrave Macmillan.

This book investigates the politics of transatlantic trade, specifically the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. Using a novel approach, the authors analyze the rhetorical choices made by opponents and supporters of an agreement, and the logical behind their arguments. Opponents used emotive frames and strategically chosen issues to increase public opposition to the negotiations; supporters countered, but also accommodated, parts of opponents’ rhetoric in hopes of quelling discontent. The study also highlights the resulting changes to EU trade policy, thus contributing to the literatures on trade policy, politicization, and rhetorical analysis.

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