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Raj Patel

Raj Patel

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Raj Patel is a research professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of Stuffed and Starved: From Farm to Fork: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

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    China as Economic Bogeyman

    Dani Rodrik

    Many Western economists presume that governments are not very good at identifying industries that merit support, and that domestic consumers and taxpayers incur the bulk of the costs. By the same logic, if Chinese policymakers effectively targeted activities where social benefits exceed private benefits, then it is not clear why foreigners should complain.

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