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I am a first year bachelor student studying political science at the University of Amsterdam. I write about politics, economics and history.

Note: This article was originally written on 29/09/2021 and will be published in the upcoming issue #7 of The Mallard’s print magazine.

By Sam Volkers

Introduction

The Gilded Age was a period in American history marked by its inequality, corruption, and greed. During this period economic inequality was high, poverty…


By Sam Volkers

Introduction

The Covid-19 pandemic proved to be a turning point in political and economic thinking in the West. Not only did we realize that neoliberalism and hyper-globalization are failed projects and that the state should step in more often to help solve problems in the economy, but…


By Sam Volkers

Why we need Economic Nationalism & Industrial Policy

As mentioned in the previous article, free trade and globalization are not without their problems. One would assume that governments would take action to deal with these problems, however this is not the case. Governments have given up a…


By Sam Volkers

Problems with free trade & globalization

Now that I have explained what economic nationalism and industrial policy are and we have looked at some successful historical examples of both ideas in practice, it is important to look at why both ideas are starting to gain ground again…


By Sam Volkers

What are Economic Nationalism & Industrial Policy?

Economic nationalism might sound like a scary term to some, who will equate it with expansionist nationalism or imperialism. Those people do not need to worry though, since “economic nationalism” is just a name given to a way of thinking…


By Sam Volkers

Since the 2008 crisis one term has become increasingly prevalent again in world politics: economic nationalism. Others have referred to it as economic patriotism, protectionism, developmentalism or mercantilism. …


By Sam Volkers

Introduction

The Covid-19 pandemic and the corresponding global economic recession have set in motion a shift in economic and political thinking that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Where the European countries fought the 2008–2009 recession and the Eurocrisis that followed with a mix…


Note: This article was originally written on 03/05/2021 and will be published in the 3rd 2021 edition of De Derde Dinsdag magazine.

By Sam Volkers

Introduction

Amsterdam has changed a lot over the past decade. Every year, millions of tourists visit Amsterdam to enjoy the canals, museums and of course…


Note: This article was originally written on 26/02/2021 and published in the April 2021 edition of De Derde Dinsdag magazine.

By Sam Volkers

Introduction

The Covid-19 Pandemic has been hailed by some as the death of our current neoliberal system. It has exposed how fragile our economies and global supply-chains…


Note: This article was first published on 11/01/2021 as an online exclusive for De Derde Dinsdag magazine.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and American President Ronald Reagan together at a meeting.

By Sam Volkers

Introduction

In September of this year I opened the newspaper and saw a headline that surprised me: “CDA-leider Hugo de Jonge wil af van het neo-liberalisme”, which means “CDA-leader Hugo…

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