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

June 20, 2018 – June 22, 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’, examined 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.



Applications closed




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