Managed globalization: Doctrine, practice and promise

Rawi Abdelal, Sophie Meunier

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Two alternate visions for shaping and explaining the governance of economic globalization have been in competition for the past 20 years: an ad hoc, laissez-faire vision promoted by the United States versus a managed vision relying on multilateral rules and international organizations promoted by the European Union. Although the American vision prevailed in the past decade, the current worldwide crisis gives a new life and legitimacy to the European vision. This essay explores how this European vision, often referred to as 'managed globalization', has been conceived and implemented and how the rules that Europe fashioned in trade and finance actually shaped the world economy. In doing so, we highlight the paradox that managed globalization has been a force for liberalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-367
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Capital
  • Globalization
  • Lamy
  • OECD
  • Trade
  • WTO


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