De-Globalization: Ideas for a New World Economy

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How to manage the world economy - and, more fundamentally, whether humanity wishes it to go in an ever more market-oriented, transnational corporation-dominated and capital-footloose direction - is the most important international question of our time. In this short and trenchant history of those bodies - the World Bank, IMF, WTO and Group of Seven - which have promoted this economic globalization, Walden Bello points to their manifest failings; examines the major new ideas put forward for reforming the ...
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Overview

How to manage the world economy - and, more fundamentally, whether humanity wishes it to go in an ever more market-oriented, transnational corporation-dominated and capital-footloose direction - is the most important international question of our time. In this short and trenchant history of those bodies - the World Bank, IMF, WTO and Group of Seven - which have promoted this economic globalization, Walden Bello points to their manifest failings; examines the major new ideas put forward for reforming the management of the world economy; and argues for a much more fundamental shift towards a decentralized, pluralistic system of global economic governance allowing countries to follow development strategies sensitive to their own values and particular mix of constraints and opportunities.
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"Walden Bello is the world's leading no-nonsense revolutionary. With plainspoken history and compelling evidence, he ruthlessly exposes the opportunism, plunder, and backroom bullying that passes for global capitalism. But this is more than a critique: Bello's expert diagnosis is that the patient is sicker than we think, and the time to act is now." -- Naomi Klein, author, No Logo
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  • ISBN-13: 9781842773055
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/19/2003
  • Series: Global Issues
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Walden Bello is the founding Director of Focus on the Global South, a policy research institute based in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Dedication
1 Introduction: The Multiple Crises of Global Capitalism 1
2 Marginalizing the South in the International System 32
3 Sidestepping Democracy of the Multilateral Agencies 59
4 The Crisis of Legitimacy 66
5 The Vicissitudes of Reform, 1998-2002 77
6 Proposals for Global Governance Reform: A Critical Analysis 91
7 The Alternative: Deglobalization 107
Selected Readings 119
Selected Organizations Monitoring Multilateral Organizations and Global Governance Issues 122
Index 127
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    Flawed critique of capitalism

    Blair talked of 'bring the fruits of globalization and free trade to the many' - an admission that it benefits only the few. As one World Bank study admitted, "globalization appears to increase both poverty and inequality." Another showed that poverty grew in Eastern Europe, South Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa - wherever IMF policies had been followed. Another found that most World Bank projects failed.

    In 1997, the IMF imposed contraction on East Asia's tiger economies, resubordinating them to the USA. Obediently, they removed limits on foreign ownership and privatised state enterprises. The effect was 'to create new business opportunities for US firms', as the US trade representative boasted. The IMF did the same to Argentina in 2001, imposing brutal public spending cuts.

    Since 1998, the IMF has promised to reform, and changed its talk to 'poverty reduction', but with the same neoliberal policies and the same Swiftly Accelerating Poverty programmes. Capitalism uses the IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation, the EU and the G8 against democracy, against national sovereignty, against the workers of the world.

    The alternative to capitalism's absolute decline is deglobalisation. We need to dismantle the IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation, the EU and the G8; and we need to strengthen the democratic role of the UN General Assembly.

    Countries want and need to reorient their economies from producing for export to producing for their local market. They want and need to shift from short-term portfolio investment and short-term loans in stock markets and real estate to long-term direct investment and long-term loans into industry and infrastructure.

    They want and need capital and trade controls, not just for crisis relief, but as legitimate tools of trade and industrial policy aimed at national industrial development. They want and need to subordinate the market to the human values of security, equity, social solidarity, democracy and national sovereignty

    Bello acknowledges that no ruling class will submit peacefully to challenges to its power. He cites the pro-capitalist Thomas Friedman of the New York Times: "The hidden hand of the market will never work without the hidden fist."

    Yet Bello believes that the 'anti-globalisation movement' can somehow shame our rulers out of power! He ignores trade unions, the institutions that workers created to survive capitalism. And he stupidly caricatures and dismisses Marxism and Leninism, the tools workers need to defeat capitalism.

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