The recent financial crisis has demonstrated that governments continuously seek to steer their economies rather than leaving them to free markets. Despite the ambitions of international economic cooperation, such interventionism is decidedly local. Some politicians even proudly evoke "economic patriotism" to justify their choices.
This volume links such populism to a specific set of tensions – the paradox of neo-liberal democracy – and argues that the phenomenon is ubiquitous. The mandate of politicians is to defend the economic interests of their constituents under conditions where large parts of economic governance are no longer exclusively within their control. Economic patriotism is one possible reaction to this tension. As old-style industrial policy and interventionism gained a bad reputation, governments had to become creative to assure traditional economic policy objectives with new means.
However, economic patriotism is more than just a fashionable word or a fig leaf for protectionism. This volume employs the term to signal two distinctions: the diversity of policy content and the multiplicity of territorial units it can refer to. Comparing economic interventionism across countries and sectors, it becomes clear that economic liberalism will always be accompanied by counter-movements that appeal to territorial images.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.
Table of Contents
1. Economic patriotism: reinventing control over open markets 2. Supranational governance as economic patriotism? The European Union, legitimacy and the reconstruction of state space 3. From nationalism to European patriotism? Trade unions and the European works council at General Motors 4. Homespun capital: economic patriotism and housing finance under stress 5. Supporting the City: economic patriotism in financial markets 6. The phantom of Palais Brongniart: economic patriotism and the Paris Stock Exchange 7. Cities as national champions? 8. Economic patriotism in European agriculture 9. European armament co-operation and the renewal of industrial policy motives
Ben Clift is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Warwick.
Cornelia Woll is Associate Research Professor at Sciences Po Paris and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.