The idea that the US is historically a free trading country is a myth. Here's why that's a good thing.
Australia recently signed a free trade agreement with Peru and more are on the way. At the same time it is part of a global trend of stealth protectionism among developed countries.
With US President Donald Trump threatening protectionist measures, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted steel tariffs in 2002.
The Trump administration can boost domestic solar panel manufacturing without slapping duties on all imports.
What can we learn from the 19th-century Qing dynasty?
Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
May's government is evoking arguments made by the early 20th-century tariff reform campaign of Joseph Chamberlain.
Politicians in Europe, the US and the UK have blamed steel industry woes on artificially cheap imports.
Mexico and Canada are about to turn medical cannabis into North America's most lucrative new market.
There's ample space to renegotiate some terms from the original agreement that would improve social welfare across the region.
Labour must develop its pro-social and pro-working class agenda for an electorate that has been failed by globalisation and EU integration.
A border adjustment tax would raise government revenue and boost jobs in export-driven industries, which tend to concentrate in the embattled manufacturing sector.
Trump's 'America first' rhetoric implies that the internationalism and ‘enlightened self-interest’ that built the postwar order was a big mistake. The evidence and basic economics disagree.
Policymakers need to think outside the narrow confines of what has been regarded as “America first" policy postures that have dictated Australia’s foreign policy choices.
The new president's inaugural speech emphasised protectionism, co-operation and, most emphatically, putting America first.
While Trump’s more extreme campaign promises may not eventuate, substantive changes in how the US engages with the world on environmental, and many other, issues are likely.
The new president of the Business Council of Australia Grant King will need to change his message on company tax and other issues to really remain relevant.
Business Briefing: Former chief World Bank economist on inequality and doing away with big money
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A former chief economist to the World Bank and economic adviser to the Indian government says doing away with big currency notes is a noble idea but an ineffective tool.
Many of the US’s current and mooted free trade negotiations are now dead in the water, but that doesn't mean it's game over for free trade.
How can we explain that wealth is associated with protectionism and support for populist leaders?