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Christian Deblock

Mercantilism, Compétitivisme and the New Role of the State

23 septembre 2003

Cahiers de recherche du CEIM, No. 02-03, septembre 2003.

Globalisation does not signal the end of the State and the emergence of a universalistic ideal of economic thought. Instead, and notwithstanding its new focus, it highlights a tension that has always existed between universal rules and collective choices made by individual societies. Moreover, States have developed contradictory patterns of behaviour that manoeuvre between liberalism and compétitivisme, a modern form of mercantilism which creates new rivalries among States and increases inequalities in the world economy. Since globalisation is here to stay, we need to re-think the way it is regulated. (suite dans le document joint)