Talk by Prof Abraham Newman

Past event

Sie Complex, Room 3015

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Please join us for our first speaker for the 2017-2018 Transatlantic Speaker Series, Abraham L. Newman. Professor Newman will explore how the rise of globalization blurs traditional distinctions between “high” and “low” politics, but the extent of explicit political connections between issues vary. A significant existing literature focuses on how states may intentionally tie policy areas together in order to enhance cooperation. We argue that this literature fails to incorporate the rise of complex governance, in which an increasing number of non-state actors work to shape the international political agenda. Building on recent historical institutional research, we show how non-state actors may employ issue linkage to alter the dynamics of international negotiations. Linking policy also links specific domestic institutional and decision-making structures that may provide different points of leverage. This means that policy actors, whether state or private, may use issue linkage to exploit the heterogeneity of opportunity structures across different issue areas. We examine our theory’s purchase on the hard case of international cooperation over intelligence and data exchange in the transatlantic space in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the revelations made by Edward Snowden. Our findings speak to critical international relations debates including the role of non-state actors in diplomacy and the consequences of globalization for the relationship between international political economy and security.