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"But is it really necessary to get ALL nations to adopt SP before implementation could proceed? Surely that's never going to happen.

No, it's not strictly necessary. But the SP criteria of "all, or virtually all, nations" should not be understood as a condition "written in stone" but rather as a consensus-building strategy; a way of removing key objections and thus getting people, organisations and governments to say "yes" to such policies instead of "no".

Take the implementation of the Tobin Tax as an example. There's a lot of debate about whether or not it could practically and safely be implemented in Europe alone, or whether the U.S. and other nations with significant financial centres would have to be included. But such debates just keep going round and round in circles and nothing gets done because there is no secure basis for cooperation to implement the proposal. So just asking a government: "Do you support the Tobin Tax?" is likely to meet with a negative response. If, on the other hand, we instead ask: "Do you support the Tobin Tax on the basis of all, or virtually all, nations implementing it simultaneously?", all the previous key objections evaporate resulting in a much higher chance of the answer becoming "yes." And as more and more nations say "yes", the moral and public opinion pressure on the remainder grows and grows. So that is the SP strategy to build sufficient consensus for all the necessary policies which have an impact on international competitiveness to be implemented. ISPO merely groups all these policies under the 'one roof' of SP."
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