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The year 2016 saw a radical break from the free-market norms that have marked international procurement markets since World War II. In both the United Kingdom, with the Brexit referendum, and in the United States with the election of Donald Trump, major electoral shifts meant that international trade in procurement may well face new barriers. This piece first reviews developments in the United States, including the 2016 U.S. elections and the Trump administration’s approach to international procurement. The piece then discusses some of the Trump administration’s policy options, and concludes by summarizing, in a rough matrix of costs and benefits, those options.

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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2017-8; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-8

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