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Democratic Legitimation of Trade Policy Tomorrow: TTIP, Democracy and Market in the Swiss Constitution

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2015
Author Sieber-Gasser Charlotte,
Project International Law and Domestic Law-Making Processes
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Jusletter
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings Jusletter


Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are increasingly more concerned with regulatory convergence, rather than trade liberalization through elimination of tariffs. This appears to result more often in so-called dynamic trade agreements, which still evolve after adoption. Further economic integration in democracies, however, depends on the support of the constituency. This article takes a closer look at the democratic legitimation of global economic integration in a case study on Switzerland. It finds that the current principles and institutions of democracy in Switzerland are unlikely to fully accommodate the new regulatory challenges of dynamic FTAs.