The United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States: Revisiting the Transatlantic Economic Relationship in the 21st Century.

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CERVEPAS/CREW, University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle


The United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States: Revisiting the Transatlantic Economic Relationship in the 21st Century.

University of Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

March 22-23 2013



The United States has tight economic and cultural bonds with the United Kingdom and Ireland and the relationship between the three countries is extremely diverse, both concrete and intellectual. In some ways, it is also unique as it is founded on a partly shared historical heritage. As a conveyor of mutual understanding and privileged links, English as the common language facilitates exchanges and cooperation.

Admittedly the diplomatic contents of the relationship have prevailed over the last decades. However, with the British withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the settlement of the Northern Ireland conflict, some of the grounds for cooperation have disappeared. Meanwhile, the crisis has largely prompted the United Kingdom and Ireland to focus their policies more sharply on the economic component of their relationship with the United States. Besides, the demographic and social transformations undergone by the three countries have raised questions about the continuity of their common cultural foundations.


Since they came into office, David Cameron and William Hague have made it clear they intended to put an end the often claimed subservient attitude of the United Kingdom towards the United States: national economic interests have now taken center stage and trade relations have become a priority in British foreign affairs. The Irish authorities have also been re-examining their relationship with the United States and refocusing it more clearly on economic issues. In the United States meanwhile, since Barack Obama became president, the American administration has shifted its attention to emerging countries while distancing itself from the United Kingdom, from Ireland, and, more generally, from its European partners. All the same however, during his European tour in May 2011, which included an official visit to the United Kingdom and to Ireland, the American President seized the opportunity of a speech in front of the British House of Commons to reaffirm the primacy of the Anglo-Saxon economic leadership.


This conference will aim to analyse the evolution of this transatlantic economic relationship. It will also look at how corporate culture and cultural exchanges come into play. We invite papers that take into account the many endogenous and exogenous factors likely to challenge the close-knit economic links between the United States, on the one hand, and the United Kingdom and Ireland, on the other hand. In this context, does the Anglo-Saxon economic leadership model still make sense? And if so, does it only depend on reinforcing the economic ties between the US and its two European partners?


Papers may address any of the following issues:


1. Economic relations between the US and the United Kingdom or Ireland in an unstable multipolar world.


To what extent does the rising power of the emerging economies question the traditional bonds between the US and Ireland/the UK, both for enterprises and for governments?


How does the defence of national economic interests help redefine these links?

In that context, is the reaffirmation of the Anglo-Saxon leadership still justified and how does it operate?


2. The consequences of demographic change and the impact of diversity on the anglo-saxoncorporate/business culture.


What role do cultural exchanges and diasporas play in preserving economic relations between the US on the one hand, and Ireland/the UK on the other. Has the evolution of the ethnic composition of the populationinfluenced their economic relations?


How do policies help or constrain these changes?


What are the consequences of this growing cultural diversity and of the massive inflow of investors from emerging countries on the Anglo-Saxon corporate culture as a vital element in this transatlantic relationship?


3. The consequences of the crisis and of economic policies on the relations between the US and Ireland/the UK.


What impact has the crisis had on the transatlantic economic relationship?


What part have the economic policies currently implemented by the American, British and Irish governments played in the evolution of these relations and on the entrepreneurial dynamics of the three countries?


Proposals in English or French should be sent by September 15th, 2012 at the latest, to and include a 300 word abstract and a short bio-bibliography.

Accepted proposals will be notified by October 20th, 2012.


Organisation Committee : Anne Groutel, Laurence Cossu-Beaumont, Marie-Christine Pauwels, Valérie Peyronel