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A new era for foreign direct investment?

Steven Globerman (College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA)

Multinational Business Review

ISSN: 1525-383X

Article publication date: 18 April 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to provide an updated broad assessment of the environment for foreign direct investment (FDI) in light of the referendum vote in the UK to exit the European Union (Brexit), the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA and growing nationalist movements in Europe.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses an essay format to set out the main issues linking recent political developments to FDI. It reviews some relevant empirical literature to assess the identified linkages.

Findings

It seems reasonable to argue that there will be a reduction in FDI intensity on a global basis over the foreseeable future. It is also likely that the nature of FDI will move more toward being a substitute rather than a complement to trade.

Originality/value

The essay is original and valuable in the sense of offering a contemporary assessment of how important the recent political events may affect the FDI process.

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Citation

Globerman, S. (2017), "A new era for foreign direct investment?", Multinational Business Review, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 5-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/MBR-12-2016-0047

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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