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?
Some policies split the traditional supporters of the Coalition, while others will put the government at odds with key Senate cross benchers.
First clue: inequality.
We've been examining the ins and outs of TPP and the rise of the anti-trade right for months. Here's a roundup of some of our coverage.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
In 1872, free traders split with the young Republican Party, ran a third-party candidate against Ulysses S. Grant and sparked 100 years of GOP protectionism. Is history repeating itself?
A President Trump or Sanders would be likely to pursue protectionist trade policies such as higher tariffs. History suggests such policies could lead to a trade war, with painful consequences.