The political disruption could be anything from a contradictory policy to government intervention or political instability in terms of supporting the thriving of supply chains. There are many countries in Africa that are weaker in government will, which makes them less attractive for establishing a supply chain node or a point of transfer even though the labour is cheap and affordable (Khan and Zsidisin, 2012). Political decisions of supporting domestic businesses make the global supply chain suffer to a large extent, because protectionism measures are on the rise in the future.
The future supply chain to be resilient enough must accommodate conditions that could prevail under a protectionism approach by the government, which can demotivate any further expansion or sustenance of existing supply chain models. The recent Brexit referendum is a shock to many logistics company and multinationals that are currently supplying goods and services to the UK and have large supply chain set ups in the country. Brexit comes with a lot of costs to supply chain operators and multinationals, because they would have to go through the same grind of forming new agreements and contracts with third party suppliers and new businesses.
These issues of many erstwhile liberal nations leaning towards protectionism and driving out international business to focus on domestic job creation are succinctly important and inflict a major cost of supply chains. The multinationals in UK and the EU are up for a huge restructuring costs and re-establishing costs as they relocate and recalibrate their supply chain with the new norms of a free Britain. Thus, political uncertainty must be a major concern and must be attended to in full to assess its impacts.