e-book: The Death of Globalization

By Professor John Manners-Bell

How supply chains have become politicized and the implications for the global economy.

It wasn’t meant to be this way. China’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001 was supposed to herald a new era of open markets, a culmination of 50 years of trade liberalization resulting in the worldwide adoption of Western economic, societal and political values. Instead, a global recession, the resurgence of nationalism, fears for the environment, the Covid crisis and growing geo-political tensions have resulted in the re-emergence of trade barriers and toxic international relations. Neo-protectionism has transformed the economic landscape and supply chains are now being shaped by political rather than commercial imperatives. Fragmented, localized, fractured…globalization, if not completely dead, is on life support.

In a book for a post-Covid world, John Manners-Bell examines why initial optimism proved so misplaced and what these systemic changes mean for businesses and administrators.

A seasoned analyst and industry practitioner, Manners-Bell has been observing and writing on international supply chains for over 35 years. He has published five books dealing with issues such as the development of Emerging Markets, risk management, ethical and societal challenges, innovation and disruption. His sixth book, The Death of Globalization, provides insights into a world characterized by volatility and uncertainty, critical reading for anyone needing to understand the seismic changes which are being driven by a new world order.


  1. A Framework for Understanding Deglobalization
  2. Political Risk and New Economic Protectionism
  3. Subsidies and their Role in Supply Chain Distortion
  4. Friends and Enemies: The Rise of Ally Sourcing
  5. Weaponizing High Tech Supply Chains: Huawei vs the West
  6. Securing the Semiconductor Supply Chain
  7. The Influence of Energy Policy on Globalization
  8. Can the West De-couple from China?
  9. ‘China Plus’ Sourcing Options for Global Manufacturers
  10. The Re-Shoring/Near-Sourcing Conundrum
  11. The Impact of Green Legislation on Supply Chains
  12. How Ethics and Politics will Determine Future Supply Chains
  13. The Supply Chain Costs of ‘Digital De-Coupling’
  14. Conclusion



Prof John Manners-Bell BA (Hons) MSc AKC FCILT is Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Future Supply Chain, Chief Executive of Ti, Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and adviser to the World Economic Forum.

He has over 35 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector. John started his working life as an operations manager of a logistics company based in the UK. Prior to establishing Ti in 2002, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics. He also spent a number of years as a manager of UPS, in a strategic marketing and communications role.

John holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster and is an Associate of King’s College London where he studied Classics and Theology. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and former Chair of the Supply Chain and Logistics Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum. He has also advised theEuropean Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. He has written five books on the industry – ‘Global Logistics Strategies: Delivering the Goods’, ‘Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Emerging Threats to Global Supply Chains’ and ‘Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets’, published by Kogan Page.