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Populism and the globalisation backlash: scenarios for the WTO and 21st century trade agreements

20 June 2018 – 22 June 2018 all-day Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Matthias Kindel

Scientific Coordinators: Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute, and Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute


Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121 – Florence



20-22 June 2018



The increasingly open, rules-based trading system has been a driver of global economic growth and rising average per capita incomes since 1947. Yet opposition currently confronts the system from a number of different quarters. While some of the concerns arising from populists are ill-founded, other concerns, including adjustment costs and distributional effects of globalisation, and the ability to pursue national policy goals – raise important questions for the design of international agreements. Furthermore, the development of complex production relations distributed across many countries seemingly demands cooperation on a variety of regulatory policies at the same time that the populist backlash is arguing for greater national autonomy. Where to draw the lines? This seminar, ‘Populism and the globalisation backlash: scenarios for the WTO and 21st century trade agreements’, examines these issues, including a focus on the traditional integration agenda that centers on rule-making by major trading powers on policies that generate negative international spillovers.







Emily Blanchard | Tuck School of Business
Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute
Douglas Nelson | Tulane University
Mark Wu | Harvard Law School




Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 14 June 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 10 June 2018.