Alasdair Young

Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Professor and Neal Family Chair

Member Of:
  • Ivan Allen Dean's Office
  • Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy
  • School of International Affairs
Fax Number:404-894-1900
Office Location: Habersham 212B
Office Hours: By appointment (virtual only)


Alasdair Young is Professor and Neal Family Chair.  He co-directs the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, and the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy. He held a Jean Monnet Chair (2012-15) and received the Ivan Allen College’s Distinguished Researcher Award in 2015.  Beyond Georgia Tech, he was co-editor of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies (2017-22) and was chair of the European Union Studies Association (USA) (2015-17).   Before joining Georgia Tech in 2011 he taught at the University of Glasgow in the UK for 10 years.  Prior to that he held research posts at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the University of Sussex, outside Brighton in the UK.

Alasdair has written five books, including Supplying Compliance with Trade Rules: Explaining the EU’s Responses to Adverse WTO Rulings (Oxford University Press, 2021). He has edited 15 other volumes, including the eighth edition of Policy-Making in the European Union with Mark Pollack, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, and Helen Wallace (Oxford University Press, 2020). He has published almost a score of refereed journal articles -- including in Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Review of International Political Economy, and World Politics -- and written more than 40 book chapters.  He has performed consultancy work for the US and UK governments and for the European Commission. 

  • DPhil, University of Sussex
  • MIA, Columbia University
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania


Research Fields:
  • International Trade
  • Europe
  • Europe - United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Environment
  • Globalization and Localization
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Regulation


  • INTA-2001: Careers In Intl Affairs
  • INTA-2221: Politics of the EU
  • INTA-3044: Global Politics of Tech
  • INTA-3223: Transatlantic Relations
  • INTA-3301: Int'l Political Econ
  • INTA-4500: INTA Pro-Seminar
  • INTA-4740: Sem-Political Economy
  • INTA-6302: Intl Political Economy
  • INTA-6306: Globalization

Selected Publications


  • Policy-Making in the European Union, 8th edition
    Date: November 2020

    Policy-Making in the European Union explores the link between the modes and mechanisms of EU policy-making and its implementation at the national level. From defining the processes, institutions, and modes through which policy-making operates, the text moves on to situate individual policies within these modes, detail their content, and analyse how they are implemented, navigating policy in all its complexities. The first part of the text examines processes, institutions, and the theoretical and analytical underpinnings of policy-making, while the second part considers a wide range of policy areas, from economics to the environment, and security to the single market. Throughout the text, theoretical approaches sit side by side with the reality of key events in the EU, including Brexit and the politicization of EU policy-making, focusing on what determines how policies are made and implemented. This includes major developments such as UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the creation of the Next Generation EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility, and agreement of the Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-27). The concluding chapter considers trends in EU policy-making and the challenges facing the EU.

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  • The New Politics of Trade: Lessons from TTIP
  • Parochial Global Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics

Journal Articles