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Written by a premier group of thinkers from around the world, Alternatives to Economic Globalization is the defining document of the antiglobalization movement. It presents both a sober critique of globalization as well as practical, thoughtful alternatives.

The authors assert ten core requirements for democratic societies, including equality, basic human rights, local decision making, and ecological sustainability, and demonstrate how globalization undermines each. Offering ...

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Written by a premier group of thinkers from around the world, Alternatives to Economic Globalization is the defining document of the antiglobalization movement. It presents both a sober critique of globalization as well as practical, thoughtful alternatives.

The authors assert ten core requirements for democratic societies, including equality, basic human rights, local decision making, and ecological sustainability, and demonstrate how globalization undermines each. Offering specific strategies for reining in corporate domination, they address alternative systems for energy, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing; ideas for weakening or dismantling the WTO, World Bank, and IMF; and rebuilding economies that are responsive to human needs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781576752043
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1902
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A Critique of Corporate Globalization 17
Key Ingredients of the Globalization Model 19
Bureaucratic Expressions of Economic Globalization 37
2 Ten Principles for Sustainable Societies 54
Ten Core Principles for Sustainable Societies 56
Applying the Principles to Globalization 77
3 The Commons: What Should be Off-Limits to Globalization? 79
Understanding the Commons 81
Current Threats to the Commons 83
The Tradition of the Commons 91
Threats to the Modern Commons 97
Proposals 102
4 The Case for Subsidiarity: BIAS Away from the Global Toward the Local 105
Understanding Subsidiarity 107
The Road to the Local 109
Investment and Finance Issues 113
Response to Critics of Subsidiarity 117
5 Corporate Structure and Power 121
Corporate Structure Today 124
Citizen Actions Against Corporate Power 130
Ending Corporate-State Collusion 140
Toward Alternative Business Structures 144
6 Alternative Operating Systems 151
Energy Systems 152
Transportation Systems 163
Agriculture and Food Systems 172
Manufacturing Systems 187
Measurements of Economic Progress 197
7 From Bretton Woods to Alternatives 208
A Review of the Current Situation 209
Essential Rules of a Just and Sustainable International Trade and Finance System 216
Restructuring the Institutional Framework 221
Strengthening the Countervailing Powers of the U.N. System 228
Creating New Global Institutions 231
8 Conclusions 239
Sources 243
The Drafters 253
Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    High on Rhetoric, Low on reality

    If this book represents the views of the anti-globalization 'movement', then the movement is nothing more than regurgitated Luddite socialism. The authors have a romanticized view of subsistence farming and believe it should be promoted, its past association with famine and poverty escape mention. Trade per se, is an evil that should be discouraged in place of protectionism. Again there is a selective reading of history, the hyperinflation and instability associated with populism and protectionism gets no mention. Even when they toss out some laudable ideas about alternative energy sources, they oversell its virtues. Far worse is the outright disingenuousness of the authors. They drag out the tired canard that less developed nations were 'forced' to open up and globalize. No nation was forced to lower trade barriers or join the WTO, they did so because they wanted access to foreign markets and credit, for better or worse. This is a phony argument because otherwise the authors would be forced to admit there are nations that are following their prescription: Zimbabwe, Cuba, Venezuela and perhaps soon Bolivia, to name a few. In truth they don't have a successful or worthwhile recipe for an alternative to the alleged evils of capitalism. It would be wonderful is some nation would anoint itself as the model alternative, all they have to do is close their economy from the rest of world. It would be interesting to watch, if you're lucky enough not to be a resident.

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