Who killed the TPP?

An evaluation of societal influence upon the decision of the US’ withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

  • Silvia Tosatto University College Maastricht - student


This paper investigates the conditions which led the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade agreement. The funnel of causality framework is used to determine whichcauses were mostly predominant in leading to this foreign policy decision. The paper will examine the impact of societal sources, specifically public opinion, media coverage, Congressional approvalprocesses, and interest groups. The role of each group is analysed within the context of the 2016 Presidential elections. The paper concludes that public opinion, amplified by media, is the source ofCongress’ opposition, and having trumped major interest groups, public opinion has evidently contributed to US’ withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.