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Globalisation after Covid-19: my plan for a rewired planet

The virus confirms that the world needs rules for living together—but not the arbitrary rules we've got. For the good of the economy as much as anything else, the focus must shift from investment and trade to public health and the climate

By Dani Rodrik   June 2020

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What do you think of when you hear the word “globalisation?” It might well be the usual newspaper illustration—the container ship that moves merchandise round the world. And if cross-border commerce is what we mean by the G-word, then Covid-19 has brought it to its knees: the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is forecasting that it could sink by as much as a third this year. 

Perhaps instead you imagine globalisation in terms of financial flows and border-straddling banks. In that case, the screens of red…

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