Dr. Gabrielle Cheung: Democracy, Free Trade, and Backlash Mitigation: Evidence from Japan
This EASG talk is based on her book manuscript, Resilience in Global Economic Governance. The manuscript investigates the emerging approaches through which democratic governments mitigate domestic backlash against international economic regimes. Drawing upon the case of Japan, this talk examines how elected representatives use the legislative branch as an instrument of insulation to minimise the impact of backlash on policy-making processes. Through statistical analysis and case studies that address Japan’s negotiations over, and accession to, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its subsequent Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement (CPTPP), the talk shows that governing status significantly influences parties’ level of advocacy for protectionist interests in deliberations on the agreements. More broadly, the manuscript and talk aim to specify how domestic conflicts over global rule-making on issue areas of mutual interest to nation-states may be better managed.
Gabrielle Cheung is a Lecturer in Global Challenges at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on international and comparative political economy, with an emphasis on the politics of trade liberalisation, central banking, and inequality. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California in May 2021. During the 2021-2022 academic year, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Politics and Public Administration (2011-2016), and held a visiting position at the United Nations University’s Institute on Computing and Society (2016).