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A Safety net to Foster Support for Trade and Globalisation International Survey on Attitudes towards Trade and Globalisation 2018. Bertelsmann Stiftung GED Study

Bluth, Christian (2019) A Safety net to Foster Support for Trade and Globalisation International Survey on Attitudes towards Trade and Globalisation 2018. Bertelsmann Stiftung GED Study. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Given the rise of protectionist reflexes and a world on the brink of trade war, a survey by the Bertelsmann Stiftung of attitudes towards trade and globalisation gauges the temperature among people in twelve developed and emerging economies. It finds that attitudes are generally positive - much more so than various sources of discon-tent raised in the survey. In the emerging countries 64 percent believe that globalisation is a force for good. Support in the developed econ-omies is still large with a relative majority of 44 percent seeing globalisation as positive (25 viewing it as a force for bad). Support for increased international trade is even larger: In emerging economies 73 percent believe that trade is positive for their own country, almost matched by 69 percent in developed countries. The most enthusias-tic pro-trade countries were Russia, India and Indonesia among the emerging economies and Canada and the UK among the developed ones. Turkey and France are the most sceptical about international trade. Respondents believe that globalisation and trade particularly benefit growth, companies, consumers, product prices and job creation. However, the survey also uncovers several sources of discontent that ought to be taken seriously. Generally, people are sceptical about the effects of globalisation and trade on job security, wage increases and product quality. While generally sympathetic to foreign direct investment, they do not believe takeovers of domestic com-panies by foreign investors to be beneficial. A key finding of this survey is that many do not feel sufficiently well protected by their governments against any negative side-effects of globalisation: in developed economies, 49 percent do not feel adequately protected (against 27 percent) while in emerging economies opinion is tilted slightly towards the opposite direction: 50 percent feel sufficiently protected while 40 percent hold the opposite view. The survey also asked participants to list the most/least preferred trading partners. Japan and Germany lead the list of countries with which people believe trade to be most beneficial. China leads the list of least preferred trad-ing partners. Similarly, respondents were asked to rank who they believed to be the country/region most benefitting/suffering from globalisation. The USA emerge as the perceived winner of globalisation, closely fol-lowed by China. The list of losers is headed by Africa, followed – tellingly - by the USA.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > globalisation/globalization
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Bertelsmann Stiftung/Foundation (Gutersloh, Germany) > GED Focus Paper​
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2020 14:01
    Number of Pages: 36
    Last Modified: 08 Mar 2020 14:01

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