Plus Ça Change…? How the COVID-19 Crisis May Lead to a Revaluation of the Local

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Martijn L. P. Groenleer

Tilburg University, Tilburg Law School, Department of Law and Governance, Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance

Daniel Bertram

Tilburg University

Date Written: August 13, 2020

Abstract

With COVID-19 unfolding its deadly and disruptive force, calls from all across the political spectrum for putting an end to globalization are becoming louder. But will the pandemic really constitute a stumbling block to the inexorable machinery of growing interconnection? We argue that, as with previous global crises such as the financial crisis, it is not obvious that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a process of de-globalization. However disastrous the consequences of international cross-linking may be for economies and societies. It is much more likely that the “new common” will see an acceleration of the process of localization, already occurring as part of globalization in the “old common”.

Keywords: COVID-19; globalization; localization; glocalization

Suggested Citation

Groenleer, Martijn L. P. and Bertram, Daniel, Plus Ça Change…? How the COVID-19 Crisis May Lead to a Revaluation of the Local (August 13, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3673583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3673583

Martijn L. P. Groenleer (Contact Author)

Tilburg University, Tilburg Law School, Department of Law and Governance, Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Daniel Bertram

Tilburg University ( email )

Tilburg
Netherlands

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