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John Austin

Made in America? Try Made in Democracy.

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Barron's
John Austin

John Austin argues that the Inflation Reduction Act should, instead of requiring “domestic” content, require “democratic” content from allies around the globe.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak on the "Made In America" provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House.
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Global Politics

Midwest Moving to Leadership in Sustainable Green Economy

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Global Insight by Coauthors

The post-industrial communities of the Midwest are shaking off their Rust Belt label to emerge as leaders in the blue and green economies.

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Global Economy, Trade and Business

Democracy Needs a New Sales Pitch

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Foreign Policy
John Austin

"We need to define and enlist allies in a shared global agenda to strengthen our national economies and democracies," writes Nonresident Senior Fellow John Austin.

Steel mill in Indiana
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Global Economy, Trade and Business

Reimagining the Postindustrial Economy

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Postindustrial Media
John Austin

Nonresident Senior Fellow John Austin joins the Postindustrial Podcast to discuss strategies for revitalizing struggling former industrial communities.

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Global Cities

Why Local Leaders Need to Support Microbusinesses

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Brookings
John Austin

Microbusinesses boomed during the pandemic. Now, John Austin makes the case for why local leaders need to support them.

A man and a woman looking and pointing at a computer. Global Economy, Trade and Business

Who Will Win the Workers?

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The National Interest
John Austin

The upcoming 2022 midterm elections will provide another interesting test around whether Democrats can resurrect their appeal to working-class voters.

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Global Cities

Workforce "Ally-Shoring" Brings Benefits across Borders

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The Hill
John Austin

John Austin argues that a skilled and mobile workforce, as part of a U.S.-Mexico “ally-shoring” framework, can help address chronic vacancies in both countries.

Biden meets with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House on July 12, 2022.
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Global Economy, Trade and Business

Quality of Life and Place as Economic Development

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Reimagining Civic Commons
John Austin

John Austin and Amanda Weinstein discuss the power of investments in quality of life & place-making to revitalize communities.

A Brown Line train rides along the CTA rails in Chicago. Global Cities

Peloton Focuses on Where the Money Is: Subscriptions

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NPR's Marketplace
John Austin

With Peloton outsourcing production of its bikes and treadmills, John Austin explains the advantages of the move.

A Peloton stationary bike sits on display.
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Global Economy, Trade and Business

Industrial Transition and Democracy

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EU Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives
John Austin

John Austin joined the European Committee of the Regions to discuss the link between populism and place, and how populism grows in deindustrialized regions.

A truck part with a "for sale" sign sits on the ground in Marshalltown, Iowa, March 8, 2015.
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Global Economy, Trade and Business