Economic nationalism – Why we should be very afraid

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.

The IEA’s Steve Davies and Kate Andrews 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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