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Populism and the Economics of Globalization


  • Rodrik, Dani


Populism may seem like it has come out of nowhere, but it has been on the rise for a while. I argue that economic history and economic theory both provide ample grounds for anticipating that advanced stages of economic globalization would produce a political backlash. While the backlash may have been predictable, the specific form it took was less so. I distinguish between left-wing and right-wing variants of populism, which differ with respect to the societal cleavages that populist politicians highlight. The first has been predominant in Latin America, and the second in Europe. I argue that these different reactions are related to the relative salience of different types of globalization shocks.

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  • Rodrik, Dani, 2017. "Populism and the Economics of Globalization," CEPR Discussion Papers 12119, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12119

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    1. Populism is Back! Why has this happened and why does it matter?
      by chechurris in NEP-HIS blog on 2017-08-08 11:48:43
    2. Populism and the Economics of Globalization
      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2017-08-11 17:46:34


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    Globalization; populism;

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    • G02 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Behavioral Finance: Underlying Principles

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