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No more business as usual: Where to now for international trade?

BY David Hall

What is the future of international trade in a world of re-emergent national populism and voter scepticism of big trade deals? This new report brings together thirteen authors who have written thirteen very different essays on the future of trade. What does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for trade? What can trade negotiators learn from internet governance? Is New Zealand getting the value we could from our exports? Are we past the era of flagship free trade deals? With the United States’ decision to leave the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there is no better time to ask fundamental questions and explore solutions. The contributors to this volume don’t agree on the answers – far from it. Some are more critical than others of the status quo. But none are wholly against trade, nor are any contributors wholly complacent toward business-as-usual.

No more business as usual: Where to now for international trade?