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Carla Norrlof
Carla Norrlof

Carla Norrlof

Professor, University of Toronto

Carla Norrlof is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto, where she researches international cooperation with a special focus on great powers, and in particular, U.S. hegemony. She is the author of “America’s Global Advantage: US Hegemony and International Cooperation,” and her works on cooperation, hegemony, and the international political economy of trade, investment, and conflict have been published widely, including in the Cambridge University Press, MIT Press, and Oxford University Press. A Swedish national, born in Addis Ababa, Norrlof has lived in Stockholm, Gaborone, New York, Paris, Geneva, and Toronto.

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Carla Norrlof on whether the transatlantic alliance has been irreparably damaged: 
"There’s been a lot of stress on the transatlantic alliance as of late: controversy over NATO burden-sharing, U.S. steel and automobile tariffs, the imploding Iran nuclear deal, and imminent U.S. sanctions against European companies. But the United States and Europe have a common history and identity, coveted by Trump's base; security interests, including keeping Russia out of Europe; economic interests, especially financial; a shared vision of the future. In the age of Trump, transatlantic differences are real yet hardly irreconcilable."
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
"Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States was indisputably left as the dominant political actor in the world today, playing an important role in determining the world order. The main question of Carla Norrlof’s book is how the US has maintained its privileged position within international systems for more than 60 years.
Norrlof analyses American hegemony through the lens of international cooperation theories with a special focus on trade and money in the international political economy framework. She believes that however inevitable the American decline is in the long run, a sufficient number of major and lesser powers currently have a strong interest in maintaining America’s hegemony. Also, the US has the largest domestic economy, the key world currency and the strongest military."
Sunday, January 1, 2012
"Trump’s call to put America ‘first’ internationally, and white Christians ‘first’ domestically, resonated with non-college-educated white voters who had seen their historic privileges slip away. The relationship between education and race was first noted in Myrdal’s 1944 book, An American Dilemma, commissioned by the Carnegie foundation. The Swedish Nobel laureate exposed the tension between liberal ideals and the reality of racial discrimination in the US, and called for an ‘educational offensive against racial intolerance’. His findings ring true today.
Shoring up support for the liberal international order will require strengthening the liberal foundations of American society. Increasing access to higher education remains an effective way to fight racism, up to a point. Beware the liberal playbook…"

"Politicians and pundits have suggested many different responses to the populist phenomenon: reducing inequality, protecting major industries from international trade, curbing immigration. But these are all indirect solutions. The best way to counter the populist trend is to address the underlying problem head-on, by fostering more liberal attitudes. There is a lot of evidence that the best way to promote liberal values is by giving more people more education. In every place where populism is surging, the main determinant of whether someone holds liberal values is his or her level of education. Higher education emphasizes equality, tolerance, and critical thinking; those without access to it are far more likely to oppose liberal values and practices." 

Friday, March 1, 2019

"The widening gap between rich and poor Americans contributed to making the MAGA slogan a rallying cry for his campaign. But while economic woes may explain some of his support—income and income growth do not fully capture Trump's anti-globalization appeal. Education and race were much stronger predictors of the 2016 vote."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018