Progressive protectionism: the only effective challenge to neoliberalism

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Colin Hines
Date of publication
20 April 2012
Thinkpiece; 72
Social Policy
Social welfare
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Now that the present global crisis has seen the beginnings of a more protectionist backlash it is time to start a full debate about the need for what the author calls 'progressive protectionism'.  By this he means encouraging and allowing countries to rebuild and re-diversify their economies by limiting what goods they let in and what funds they choose to let enter or leave the country.  This paper explores the author’s anger that the politically active are mired in domestic, issue specific reactions and don't challenge  the systemic attack on social and environmental conditions from globalisation's big business agenda of ever more open markets.  It discusses the problems of neoliberalism and its resulting increase in global economic inequalities, and then gives more details on the solution of progressive protectionism and practical policy measures to implement it.

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