Political party competition and varieties of US economic nationalism: trade wars, industrial policy and EU-US relations

Shawn Donnelly*

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Abstract

This article identifies two distinct varieties of economic nationalism in the United States that have strong and lasting implications for transatlantic trade relations and traces their origins to how the two major parties use narratives to form competitive coalitions including trade critics since 2020. The Republican Party links trade critics with culture war supporters, allowing them to enhance their collective impact on domestic and foreign policy, including confrontation with Europe on trade. Democrats’ pursuit of trade critics in 2020 and beyond means a focus on domestic development and industrial policy appealing to centrist and progressive voters, and eschewing trade agreements. This developmental economic nationalism offers room for allied interdependence across the Atlantic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-103
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of European public policy
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Economic nationalism
  • industrial policy
  • polarisation
  • political parties
  • trade and technology council
  • transatlantic trade
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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