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Backlash: Saving Globalization From Itself

Backlash: Saving Globalization From Itself

“This is a book for this perilous moment; whether facing up to Brexit, populism or protectionism. Politicians, who have too often taken the inevitability of globalisation, and with it the benefits of free trade for granted, need now to read this and think fresh thoughts, radical thoughts, about how to make trade again serve the public and our democracies, not overbear them.”

The Rt Hon the Lord Lansley
UK Co-Chairman, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

“Joe Zammit-Lucia and David Boyle are right to question whether the current international trade system is fit for the dynamics of our age. They aim not only to answer fundamental questions about globalisation but also to make a series of recommendations to ‘humanise’ trade policy. Nobody, whether in developed or developing countries, should be put in the position of having to compete with unfair trade.”

From the Foreword by:

Miriam González-Durántez
International and EU Trade Lawyer
Co-Chair, International and EU Trade Practice, Dechert LLP

“Autarkic globalisation is no longer an oxymoron, and ‘made locally’ no longer the preserve of the rhetoric of populist politicians. As we head towards a world with negligible cross-border trade in goods and services, this book is a timely reminder of the changes at hand, and the need to overcome yesterday’s conventional wisdoms in harnessing tomorrow’s realities.”

Simon Zadek
Co-Director, UN Environment Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow in Partnerships and Sustainability, Singapore Management University

“Free international trade has lifted millions out of poverty. But the uneven distribution of benefits and costs has led to a political backlash and creeping protectionism. This book clearly lays out how, to save globalization from itself, we need a new, more flexible set of principles to govern trade; better suited to the changing world, and more apt at stopping policy complacency.”

Magdalena Polan
Global EM Economist, Legal & General Investment Management
Formerly, Economist at the International Monetary Fund

“The rules-based trading system at the heart of globalisation has come under increasing scrutiny, its fairness questioned by the powerful and powerless alike. “Backlash” doesn’t turn its back on globalisation but instead tries to find a way to save it. While it doesn’t (yet) have all the answers, it asks the right questions and makes a solid contribution to finding a better way forward.”

Robert McDougall
International Trade Lawyer, Geneva

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