Meeting- What are the dangers posed by TTIP?

The next meeting of Economists Against Austerity will discuss the potential impact of the TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The TTIP has been posited by its supporters as a means of further liberalising and promoting international trade and the benefits that flow from that. However a number of critics have argued that it may not have any positive effects at all and that it will further undermine the public provision of social goods through privatisation, place great powers in the hands of multinational corporations particularly in their dealings with individual states and cause further economic dislocation outside the bloc, especially among developing economies.

We are pleased to have John Hilary, Director of War on Want, and a speaker from the World Development Movement (either Polly Jones, head of communications or Nick Dearden, director of WDM) who have all written extensively on the topic. See, for example http://www.waronwant.org/campaigns/trade-justice/more/inform/18078-what-is-ttip and http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/eu-us-free-trade-deal-ttip-transatlantic-trade-investment-partnership .
Details are as follows:

Economists Against Austerity
‘What are the dangers posed by TTIP?’
Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
Tuesday 21 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
The meetings are open to all, no specific invitation is required so be sure to invite friends or colleagues who may be interested. Please arrive well before the scheduled time as security can be very slow.

NB: Security at Parliament has been very slow recently. Please aim to arrive at 6pm for 6.30pm

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Prof Victoria Chick, Convenor EAA

 

 

 

The next meeting of Economists Against Austerity is pleased to have Michael Meacher MP to make a presentation on his book, The State We Need http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-State-We-Need-Renaissance/dp/184954588X .

The economic alternative outlined here is posed as a necessary first step in the replacement of the failed neo-conservative market model. In effect it argues for a thorough-going reform of the capitalist system.

We are also pleased that discussant will be Geoff Tily, the author of Keynes Betrayed http://us.macmillan.com/keynesbetrayed/GeoffTily .

The State We Need
Michael Meacher MP
June 17,
Portcullis House, Thatcher Room 6.30-8.30pm

The prior EAA meeting agreed to affiliate to Euro-pen (the European network of progressive economists) and to try to emulate some of the success of our French colleagues in Les économistes atterrés by producing a short manifesto to address the economic crisis. We can begin this discussion at the next meeting.

NB: Security at Parliament has been very slow recently. Please aim to arrive at 6pm for 6.30pm

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Prof Victoria Chick, Convenor EAA

The inaugural meeting of EconomistsAgainstAusterity took place at the House of Commons on May 18.

A group of 40 people, including economists and 9 MPs discussed the attacks on welfare and the alternatives. A lively discussion was led by contributions Fran Bennett and Howard Reed. These will be posted on this blog.

The debate heard contributions from all sides, including the MPs even though they were repeatedly interrupted by voting on the Tories’ EU referendum amendment to the government’s own legislative agenda set out in Queen’s Speech.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 18 June, at the Grimond Room of Portcullis House in the House of Commons, from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

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