IEA Conversations

Economic Nationalism: Why We Should Be Very Afraid

October 12, 2017
Today you'll hear from the IEA's Dr Steve Davies and Kate Andrews, as they discuss growing trends for economic nationalism.
From the left-ward shift of the Conservative Party in Britain, to the rise of Donald Trump in America, there seems to be a growing appetite for protectionism and central planning in contemporary politics. Steve and Kate examine some of the reasons behind this trend - and whether advocates of free trade are losing the "Battle of Ideas" in the 21st century. 
They also look at what protectionist governments hope to achieve from adopting these policies - and how likely they will be to succeed in "bringing back jobs" for declining domestic industries. 

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