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Bruegel Annual Meetings, Day 2 - Are we entering a new age in the relationship between international economics and global politics? Is Europe well-equipped for this new world?

September 2, 2021, 4:00 pm Palais des Academies, Rue Ducale 1 Public | On the Record Livestreamed Topic: Global Economics & Governance

International relations scholars often regard economists as naïve – not without reason. Economists reply – rightly – that growth, development and the overall rise in prosperity can hardly be accounted for by the sheer arithmetic of power. Each camp therefore tends to scrutinise reality through its particular lenses and largely ignores the perspective of the other camp.

This long-established duality is however less and less tenable, for two reasons. The first is that economic asymmetries are harder to ignore nowadays than they were at the turn of the century, when globalisation reached its apex. Global value chains, financial networks and the enduring supremacy of the dominant currency are not new phenomena but their significance has grown, or at least it has become more perceptible. They all exhibit a characteristically asymmetric hub-and-spokes pattern. The second reason is the increased interweaving of economics and geopolitics. Great-power rivalry is turning international economic relations into a different game, where the aggregate magnitude of the gains involved in any given transaction matters less and their distribution among the partners in the transaction matters more, and where different positionings along a value chain or within a network can be exploited in a power game. Asymmetry is becoming central.

These transformations raise a series of new questions for analysis and policy. Should the implicit model of interdependence that underpins external economic policies be revisited? How significant is the risk that efficiency-related asymmetries be exploited to the advantage of dominant countries? Are we entering a new age in the relationship between international economics and global politics? Is Europe well-equipped for this new world?

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Sep 02, 2021

16:00-17:00

Conversation

Chair: Jean Pisani-Ferry, Senior Fellow

Hélène Rey, Professor of Economics, London Business School

Adam Tooze, Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Columbia University

Sabine Weyand, Director-General for Trade, European Commission

Speakers

Hélène Rey

Professor of Economics, London Business School

Jean Pisani-Ferry

Senior Fellow

Adam Tooze

Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Columbia University

Sabine Weyand

Director-General for Trade, European Commission

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Palais des Academies, Rue Ducale 1

Katja Knezevic

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