Contesting international economic governance: the ‘people’ and trade in the Trump and Brexit rhetoric

Chryssogelos, Angelos (2023) Contesting international economic governance: the ‘people’ and trade in the Trump and Brexit rhetoric. In: Contestation and polarization in global governance: European responses. Leuven Global Governance series . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, pp. 109-124. ISBN 9781800887251

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The chapter examines comparatively two populist trade discourses during a period of upheaval in Anglo-Saxon democracies starting in 2016: the election and presidency of Donald Trump in the US and the contestation of Brexit following the EU referendum in Great Britain. Both have been described as populist, yet they represent opposite positions on trade. Contrary to the protectionist Trump, Brexiteers largely support free trade. The analysis demonstrates how the distinctiveness of populism is its articulation of preferences as binary opposition between people and official power. If populism is understood in this way as a discourse of international relations, the actual trade policy preferences of populists – whether they support or oppose free trade – are less important than how they are articulated as opposition to the elites and institutions of the international order.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in 'Contestation and polarization in global governance: European responses' edited by Michelle Egan [and others], published in 2023, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Populism; Trade; Economic governance; Elections: Donald Trump; Brexit
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Angelos Chryssogelos
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2023 09:48
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 01:58


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