International Politics

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 420–433 | Cite as

Globalization, domestic politics, and transatlantic relations

  • Brian BurgoonEmail author
  • Tim Oliver
  • Peter Trubowitz
Original Article


For two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalization functioned as a unifying force in the West. In the absence of a common security threat, the United States and Europe found common ground in a neoliberal agenda calling for the freer movements of capital, goods, services, and peoples across national boundaries. Today, support for that neoliberal agenda has been rapidly weakening across the West. Drawing on a variety of quantitative measures, we show that Western support for globalization has declined, both at the level of national policy and at the level of party politics. We argue that this erosion of domestic support for globalization is closely linked to the rise of populist parties in Europe and the USA. We consider the implications of this shift in the West’s domestic politics for the future of transatlantic cooperation and leadership.


Europe USA Globalization Transatlantic relations Populism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.LSE IDEASLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK
  3. 3.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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