I appreciated that @ChadBown and @D_A_Irwin did something here that few in international economic policy debates do: attempt to respond to a new policy demand that does not comport with their priors / preferred toolkit. …


Disappointing piece on carbon pricing by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the WTO, for a few reasons. (ft.com/content/b0bcc9…)

First, director-generals need to be choosy about which topics to get out ahead of members on. For many countries like the US, Switzerland, Australia, and others, domestic carbon pricing is not politically viable…


NEW trio of briefs are out from @rooseveltinst looking at Planning for the Public Good.

From @SuzMKahn’s foreword: How infrastructure investments are structured is key to whether they promote equity and democracy in our economy and political system. (rooseveltinstitute.org/publications/p…)

First up, @stephsterlingdc and I tackle the planning meta concept, concluding…


Canada is launching consultations on carbon border measures. There are some notable differences from the EU’s approach right out the gate. (canada.ca/en/department-…)

First, it’s more realistic than the EU’s proposed CBAM in at least two ways. …


This quote — from the night Rich Trumka won the @rooseveltinst’s Distinguished Public Service Award — encapsulated his legacy.

Trumka fought for global justice and against apartheid and racism in the labor movement.

A tough negotiator but a kind soul, always quick to chat and laugh with whomever was around…


The Biden administration has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to strengthen Buy American rules. What’s in it?

The first big thing it does is increase the level of domestic content a good has to be in order to be considered Made in America

Under Obama and before, this was…


Lot of folks on here talking about how Coons’ carbon border measure (or similar proposals) violates GATT Article III, and because of that, it won’t be allowed by the WTO.

A few issues here: (wto.org/english/docs_e…)

  1. The WTO does not have the power to block the US from doing anything. …

Dems have unveiled a border carbon adjustment proposal called the Fair, Affordable, Innovative, and Resilient Transition and Competition Act or the FAIR Transition and Competition Act. What’s in it?

By July 1, 2023, the Treasury Department would determine the average cost to producers of steel, aluminum, cement, iron, and covered…


California! To my knowledge, only jurisdiction that has tried to do carbon border measure as part of its cap and trade scheme, tho only for electricity.

Here’s a fascinating study by @StefanPauer on how business power conspired to shred its efficacy. (sciencedirect.com/science/articl…) Makes perfect sense that California would want to…


In the last month, there’s been a lot of developments in Trans-Atlantic political economy. In this post, I pull together three threads highlighting these developments. …

Todd Tucker

I write about democracy, political economy, and trade. Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Roosevelt Forward.

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