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Written by a premier group of 21 thinkers from around the world, the second edition of Alternatives to Economic Globalization lays out democratic, ecologically sound, socially just alternatives to corporate globalization more fully, specifically, and thoughtfully than has ever been done before. Focusing on constructive, achievable goals, the authors present ten governing principles for establishing truly sustainable societies and describe alternatives to the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO that would better ...
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Overview

Written by a premier group of 21 thinkers from around the world, the second edition of Alternatives to Economic Globalization lays out democratic, ecologically sound, socially just alternatives to corporate globalization more fully, specifically, and thoughtfully than has ever been done before. Focusing on constructive, achievable goals, the authors present ten governing principles for establishing truly sustainable societies and describe alternatives to the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO that would better serve the needs of the planet. They offer detailed proposals for protecting vital goods and services from corporate exploitation, limiting corporate privileges and power, rebuilding economies to make them more responsive to human needs, and more.
This revised and expanded edition features a new opening chapter on the global balance of power, a new section on the media and globalization, and a new final chapter on what ordinary citizens can do to fight the injustices of globalization. It also includes many new charts, sidebars, and other updated information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609943141
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 878,297
  • File size: 714 KB

Meet the Author

John Cavanagh is director of the Institute for Policy Studies, vice president of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) Board of Directors, and coauthor of eleven books, including Global Dreams.

The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is an alliance of leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers—representing 60 organizations in 25 countries—that was formed in 1994 to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization. Writing in The Nation, Naomi Klein called IFG “the brain trust of the [anti-globalization] movement,” and the Utne Reader dubbed IFG “the Davids of corporate globalization.”
Jerry Mander is President of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) Board of Directors, senior fellow at the Public Media Center, and author or coeditor of the books In the Absence of the Sacred, The Case Against the Global Economy, and Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television.

The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is an alliance of leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers—representing 60 organizations in 25 countries—that was formed in 1994 to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization. Writing in The Nation, Naomi Klein called IFG “the brain trust of the [anti-globalization] movement,” and the Utne Reader dubbed IFG “the Davids of corporate globalization.”
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Table of Contents

List of Boxes ix
Preface to the Second Edition xi
A Living Document xv
Acknowledgments xvi
A Note on Sources xvii
Introduction: Turning Point 1
Cancun: The Outbreak of Democracy 3
Miami: Regime Change in Latin America 6
Iraq: The Failure of Empire 8
New Awakenings 14
Part 1 A System in Crisis 17
1. Conflicting Worldviews 19
Different Worlds 21
Economic Democracy 25
Momentum for Change 28
2. Design for Corporate Rule 32
Key Ingredients of the Globalization Model 34
Hypergrowth 34
Privatization and Commodification 36
Economic and Cultural Homogenization 38
Export-Oriented Trade and Investment 38
Beneficiaries of Economic Globalization 44
The Role of the Media 52
3. The Unholy Trinity: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organizatio 55
The World Bank 56
The International Monetary Fund 60
The World Trade Organization 65
Proposals 73
Part 2 Alternatives in Action 75
4. Ten Principles for Sustainable Societies 77
Core Principles 78
1. New Democracy 79
2. Subsidiarity 82
3. Ecological Sustainability 85
4. Common Heritage 87
5. Diversity 88
6. Human Rights 96
7. Jobs, Livelihood, Employment 97
8. Food Security and Safety 98
9. Equity 98
10. The Precautionary Principle 100
Applying the Principles to Globalization 103
5. Reclaiming the Commons: What Should Be Off-Limits to Globalization? 105
Understanding the Commons 107
Current Threats to the Commons 109
The Tradition of the Commons 124
Threats to the Modern Commons 131
Three Proposals to Reempower the Commons 136
6. Subsidiarity: Recalling Power from the Global 147
Understanding Subsidiarity 149
The Road to the Local 151
Investment and Finance Issues 155
Response to Critics of Subsidiarity 160
7. Alternative Operating Systems 164
Energy Systems 165
Transportation Systems 179
Manufacturing Systems 188
Standards of Measurement 198
8. Alternative Operating Systems (2) 209
Agriculture and Food Systems 209
Global Media 230
People's Alternative Initiatives 253
Part 3 Global Governance 269
9. Corporate Structure and Power 271
Corporate Structure Today 274
Citizen Actions Against Corporate Power 280
Ending Corporate--State Collusion 290
Toward Alternative Business Structures 294
10. New International Structures 301
A Review of the Current Situation 302
Essential Rules of a Just and Sustainable International Trade and Finance System 309
Restructuring the Institutional Framework 314
Strengthening the Countervailing Powers of the U.N. System 321
Creating New Global Institutions 324
11. Global to Local: What You Can Do 333
Steps You Can Take as a Consumer 334
Steps You Can Take as a Worker 337
Steps You Can Take as a Depositor and Investor 339
Steps You Can Take as a Citizen 340
Resources: Groups Working Toward Alternatives to Economic Globalization 347
Resources: Useful Tools and Indicators 367
Sources 369
Index 383
About the Authors 403
About the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) 407
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