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Global retrenchment or turning inwards in response to increasing global crises 
Ivica Petrikova (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Melita Lazell (University of Portsmouth)
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Politics and political economy
Palmer 1.08
Thursday 29 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to interrogate the causes and consequences of inward-turning policies adopted by many countries in response to the climate crisis and related challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic and increasing domestic as well as international migration.

Long Abstract:

Our Anthropocene world is increasingly negatively affected by the climate and other environmental crises, with a growing incidence and scale of natural disasters, deepening poverty and inequalities, and increasing domestic and international migratory flows. Whilst these global problems call for global responses, this panel proposes to investigate an opposing trend - i.e., the nationalist or inward turns of some countries' policies and approaches. One example is recent UK development policy. Whilst the UK government has promoted the country's post-Brexit 'global Britain' stance in its policy discourse, in reality it reduced the provision of development assistance as proportion of GNI from 0.7% in 2020 to 0.5% in 2022. Moreover, in 2022 it is estimated that more than half the alleged aid funding was spent domestically rather than externally, particularly to pay for refugee housing (Dercon, 2022).

The proposed panel seeks research articles that examine similar inward-looking policy turns in the UK or other countries, in the aid sector or other ones, such as immigration, education, trade, energy, or foreign investment. The panel also welcomes theoretical contributions that consider the global retrenchment or deglobalisation from theoretical or normative perspectives, as well as contributions deliberating ways through which countries could be encouraged to engage more constructively in finding global solutions to global problems.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -