Embedded Liberalism in the Digital Era

55 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2020

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Edward Mansfield

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Political Science

Nita Rudra

Georgetown University

Date Written: September 30, 2020


In recent years, the volume and intensity of attacks on globalization have been steadily rising. It is frequently argued that the anti-globalization backlash stems from strains that have been placed on the compromise of embedded liberalism. We argue that existing research underemphasizes how technological change and the digital revolution have contributed to these strains. Global value chains facilitated by the digital revolution have linked technology in advanced industrial countries to low-cost labor in developing countries, precipitating distributional losses for lowskilled labor in the industrial world. Further, the digital revolution has led to regulatory challenges involving both capital and labor. We argue that, as a result, governments face both mounting opposition to globalization and heightened difficulty supporting the programs and policies necessary to buffer the adverse domestic effects of globalization and maintain support for embedded liberalism.

Keywords: Embedded Liberalism, Globalization, Digital Era

Suggested Citation

Mansfield, Edward and Rudra, Nita, Embedded Liberalism in the Digital Era (September 30, 2020). International Organization, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3719975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3719975

Edward Mansfield

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stiteler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Nita Rudra (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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