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International Trade

Protectionism

Protectionism is an alluring idea, promising to return wealth and jobs to the nations that adopt it, but the reality of protectionism is sobering.

Since the 2016 Presidential elections, protectionist fervor has gripped those on both the left and right. From Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, free trade is under fire and the lure of protectionist policies is on the rise.

International Trade

Free Trade

What is free trade, why has it garnered so much attention in the media, and is it good or bad for the economy?

Politicians on both the left and right have demonized free trade in recent years. Many have ridden a populist surge animated by nationalism and a push back against economic globalization. Acton experts explain how free trade is a powerful driver of wealth creation, poverty alleviation and human flourishing.