Future Positive

Future Positive

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by Michael Edwards
     
 

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An optimistic assessment of the prospects for a new international order - acting as a counter-blast to global pessimism. The text explains how the international system operates, the pressures it faces and the changes it must undergo, and offers concrete ideas to re-frame international relations, foreign aid and humanitarian intervention, without using jargon or

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An optimistic assessment of the prospects for a new international order - acting as a counter-blast to global pessimism. The text explains how the international system operates, the pressures it faces and the changes it must undergo, and offers concrete ideas to re-frame international relations, foreign aid and humanitarian intervention, without using jargon or simplistic judgements.

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From the Publisher
Edwards' Future Positive is a remarkably coherent account of complex and diverse issues.'
London Review of Books

'This courageous book pursues the biggest issue of all: how international co-operation can be raised to a higher level. The pursuit is full of intellectual excitement, arriving at conclusions that are inspiring and challenging.'
John Toye, UNCTAD

'Edwards approaches problems facing the world with steady determination and a cool eye... He is remarkably persuasive, wise and extraordinarily well-informed.'
Global Ideas Bank

'It is particularly refreshing to read a book which sets out how such changes might be achieved, and which is fundamentally optimistic that they can be.'
David Bryer, Director, Oxfam.

Thabo Mbeki
Michael Edwards, in his book "Future Positive", captures the essence of the dilemmas of the current economic relations between the rich and poor countries, where the process of globalization has brought benefits to mainly developed countries of the North, while the developing countries of the South are still struggling to survive within this integrated world economy.
Robert B. Reich
At last, a hard-headed but soft-hearted vision of global cooperation - respecting our differences, avoiding top-down 'solutions, ' expanding the number of voices at the table, yet moving forward together on clear goals. This is an optimistic book at a time when the global pessimists rule the intellectual roost.
Benjamin R. Barber
Michael Edwards' 'Future Positive'...offers a careful and realistic portrait of...the potential role of cooperation in domesticating the competitive ethos of the global economy. He takes intervention to be 'the dominant theme of the last 50 years' and cooperation—potentially—to be the 'dominant theme of the next 50 years' and then sets out to show how this might actually come to pass. It is an important thesis on behalf of institutional cooperation and deserves a reading.
Los Angeles Times
Edgar Cahn
Future Positive succeeds in being both blunt and gentle. It is packed with data and case histories that make the analysis impossible to dismiss. It levies stern indictments but does so with a compassion that does not dehumanize. And it appeals to the best in us in ways that are compelling. Thank you for the gift of this book's gentle but unmitigated candor.
Thandika Mkandawire
At a time when aid fatigue threatens global cooperation and debates on the global order have become increasingly acrimonious, this well-informed and compassionate book states the case for human solidarity with unusual lucidity and grounded optimism.
Peter Bell
Future Positive is a potent blend of vision and pragmatism. Michael Edwards challenges all of us - NGOs, governments, corporations and consumers - to move beyond our conventional ways of thinking and join together to create a just and responsible international system.
Foreign Policy Centre Newsletter
Refreshingly readable and optimistic.
John Toye
This courageous book pursues the biggest issue of all: how international cooperation can be raised to a higher level. The pursuit is full of intellectual excitement, arriving at conclusions that are inspiring and challenging.
David Bryer
Mike Edwards' vision of cooperation is powerful and persuasive. His arguments for why ideas about cooperation need to change are balanced and cogent. It is particularly refreshing to read a book which sets out how such changes might be achieved, and which is fundamentally optimistic that they can be.
Frances Stewart
In this important book, Michael Edwards powerfully sets out the case for cooperation at local, national, regional and global levels, to help harness and humanize the global economy.
Tim Garden
Future Positive is an optimistic vision of how to get to a future where people cooperate universally to end injustice, poverty and conflict. Michael Edwards has a passion for finding practical ways to make the world a better place. He deserves to be read widely.
Times Higher Education Supplement
Natasha Franklin
Michael Edwards' refreshingly optimistic and readable book calls for widespread reform of an international system which interferes too much in the detail of other people's lives and not enough when it really matters. His approach is wholehearted and convincing. Edwards combines his breadth of vision with a realistic focus on building constituencies for change.
Foreign Policy Review
Michael Brophy
What a joy! Each chapter is interesting, observant and sometimes violent in its opinions. I urge you to read this book because you will need to take a position yourself, whether you are donor or recipient, from the rich or poor world.
Alliance Magazine
Connections Magazine
This comprehensive and profound work presents a new perspective on how to deal with the emerging problems and challenges for the global community. Michael Edwards' optimistic vision for the future gives inspiration as well as alternative means of resolving humanitarian crises, inequality, poverty and violence.
Jan Art Scholte
This book belongs to a small minority of analyses of world politics that are inspired yet modest, deep yet readable. Edwards' rich combination of personal resources generates powerful insights and compelling prescriptions. However, Edwards does not preach down; he shares his ideas in ways that leave the reader feeling enabled and enthusiastic.
Will Marshall
Michael Edwards grapples with a central dilemma of our times: the growing mismatch between a rapidly globalizing economy and political decisions that remain largely national. He argues persuasively for new forms of global governance that are as flexible and decentralized as the new economy itself. As 'non-governmental organizations' demand a greater role in setting the agenda for global problem-solving, Edwards' emphasis on NGO's corresponding obligation to be more open and accountable is especially valuable.
Constructive Citizen Participation
[This book] is by Michael Edwards, who after twenty years of experience in international development and mounting disillusionment, stepped back to find a better way for people, agencies and governments to work together productively.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853836312
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Edwards is the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Unit in New York.

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Future Positive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most books on globalisation and international relations are too dense to wade through, or too biased either for or against markets, trade and corporations. This one is different, since it is written like a conversation with the reader, and manages to be fair to all sides in the debate while still being tough in terms of its prescriptions and recommendations. The first part of the book is a very strong critique of the international system over the last 50 years - the failures of foreign aid, humanitarian intervention, international institutions and NGOs. The second part of the book is more uplifting, offering concrete suggestions on reforming the aid donors, 'humanising capitalism', generating new institutions for global governance, and building constituencies for internationalism and co-operative living in the West. It also has a moving Conclusion which summarises an incredible amount of information and personalises the whole story in a way that made me want to run out and join my nearest Oxfam shop! Edwards is a good writer, and knows his field from back to front. Highly recommended.