The Case Against the Global Economy: And for a Turn Toward the Local

The Case Against the Global Economy: And for a Turn Toward the Local

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by Jerry Mander
     
 


A great political debate has emerged over the many unexpected and profound consequences of the rush toward the global economy. The world’s political and corporate leaders are restructuring the planet’s economy and political arrangements in ways that are affecting humans and the environment more than anything since the Industrial Revolution. Global…  See more details below

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A great political debate has emerged over the many unexpected and profound consequences of the rush toward the global economy. The world’s political and corporate leaders are restructuring the planet’s economy and political arrangements in ways that are affecting humans and the environment more than anything since the Industrial Revolution. Global institutions such as GATT, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and the World Bank—created with scant public debate or scrutiny—have moved real power away from citizens and nation-states to global bureaucracies, with grave results.
The Case Against the Global Economy is the first comprehensive, point-by-point analysis of the global economy, its premises, and its social and environmental implications. Represented here are forty-three leading economic, agricultural, and environmental experts who charge that free trade and economic globalization are producing exactly the opposite results from what has been promised.
Contributors include William Greider, Jeremy Rifkin, Ralph Nader, Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Wendell Berry, Kirkpatrick Sale, Herman E. Daly, Richard Barnet, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and more than thirty other analysts of the global economy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The contributors to this handbookamong them Jeremy Rifkin, Ralph Nader, Kirkpatrick Sale, Wendell Berry, Richard Barnet, William Greider, ecological economist Herman Daly and World Bank environmental adviser Robert Goodlandargue that the rush toward economic globalization, based on free trade and deregulation, is both harmful and reversible. Its consequences, they contend, include overcrowded cities, widening of the gap between rich and poor, lowering of wages while prices soar, destruction of wilderness, flattening of local traditions and cultures. The contributors recommend pursuing the opposite pathpromoting greater economic localization through cooperatives and small companies that cater to local or regional markets. Essays deal with corporate control of the media and of financial markets; biotechnology's patenting of life forms as neocolonialist exploitation; the worldwide small-farm movement; the emergence of local currencies, barter and work exchange networks; and how global trade agreements (NAFTA, GATT) override decisions on worker safety and environmental standards made democratically by member nations. An important, vital resource for planetary stewardship. Mander (In the Absence of the Sacred) cofounded the International Forum on Globalization; Goldsmith is a founding editor of Britain's Ecologist. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871568656
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.49(d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Mander is the author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and In the Absence of the Sacred. He is a senior fellow at the Public Media Center and program director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He lives in San Francisco, California. Edward Goldsmith is the founding editor of The Ecologist, Europe's leading environmental journal, and the author of more than fifteen books on ecological issues. He lives in London, England. Both are co-founders of the International Forum on Globalization.

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