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Global Backlash is the first book to move beyond the monolithic portrayal of the globalization protests that have escalated since Seattle and are not likely to abate soon. With trenchant analysis and dozens of primary documents from a variety of popular and uncommon sources, Robin Broad explores proposals and initiatives coming from the backlash to answer the question, "But what do they want?" A range of sophisticated propositions and a vibrant debate among segments of the backlash emerge. Highly readable and analytically powerful, this book is vital to understanding the most potent protest movement of our times.

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Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent book! The format, substance, biographical material, choice of original selections, and writing style are splendid. Recommended for general readers; academic audiences, upper-division undergraduate and up; and professionals.
Michael Hardt
Global Backlash allows us to understand more clearly the history and content of the current debates about corporate-led economic globalization. But, more than that, it tells what we can do about it—what people are already doing about it! Robin Broad brings together a wide array of practical initiatives that respond to the injustices of the present form of globalization.
Medea Benjamin
From Subcomandante Marcos to religious activists, from environmentalists intent on saving virgin forests to students organizing against sweatshops, Global Backlash gives richness and texture to our growing movement. A must-read for academics, activists, and anyone concerned about the future of our planet.
Richard Falk
Brilliantly edited, this exciting volume gracefully brings together the most illuminating writings. . . . Indispensable reading for anyone who wants to understand the full range of discontents caused by corporate globalization, and what some cures might be.
Vicki L. Golich
Timed just right! This book will be very welcome required reading in a number of classrooms around the world. The writing is superb, as are the collected readings themselves. I felt like I was reading a mystery novel!
Walden Bello
Robin Broad's penetrating analysis and magnificent collection of documents showcase the intellectual depth of the movement against corporate-driven globalization.
Vandana Shiva
Want to understand the most dynamic social movement of our times? Combining scholarship with insider knowledge, Global Backlash connects the dots to put flesh and bones on that movement—a movement committed to the environment, labor, women, indigenous communities, and overall justice.
Herman Daly
Robin Broad answers the question usually unasked by the media—'What do these anti-globalist demonstrators want?' She answers it both in the words of their various representative leaders, and in her own clarifying analysis. Highly recommended!
Barbara Ehrenreich
Global Backlash is essential reading for every citizen of the globe. It lays out a full spectrum of views and—better yet—visions of a more democratic and egalitarian future for all of us who share the planet.
This is an excellent book! The format, substance, biographical material, choice of original selections, and writing style are splendid. Recommended for general readers; academic audiences, upper-division undergraduate and up; and professionals.
A tremendously informative and inspiring collection of documents, analyses, and first-person accounts about what globalization is, what it means, and how it is being resisted.
In covering the protests against corporate globalization and international financial institutions such as the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank, protestors are invariably portrayed by the corporate media as being ignorant of the issues, naively protectionist, or of a neo-Luddite bent. Answering that mischaracterization, Broad (international development, American U.) presents 46 contributions by an international group of critical theorists, commentators, and activist groups that present the arguments of the critics and, perhaps more importantly, numerous counter-proposals for a kind of globalization that would benefit the majority of the world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742510340
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: New Millennium Books in International Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Broad is associate professor of international development at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 List of Acronyms Chapter 3 Introduction: Of Magenta Hair, Nose Rings, and Naïveté Part 4 Part I The Clash of Visions Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 1.1 Globaphobia: Confronting Fears about Open Trade Chapter 7 1.2 Address to WTO Ministerial Meeting Chapter 8 1.3 Report of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission Chapter 9 1.4 Free Trade Is Not Free Chapter 10 1.5 Globalism on the Ropes Chapter 11 1.6 Alternatives to Economic Globalization Chapter 12 1.7 The New Internationalism Chapter 13 1.8 General Principles and Gender Chapter 14 1.9 The Death of the Washington Consensus? Chapter 15 For Further Reading Part 16 Part II The Historical Context Chapter 17 Introduction Chapter 18 2.1 How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Chapter 19 2.2 Why Can't People Feed Themselves? Chapter 20 2.3 Long before Seattle: Historical Resistance to Economic Globalization Chapter 21 2.4 Present at the Creation: The Bretton Woods Agreements Chapter 22 2.5 Multinational Corporations and United States Foreign Policy Chapter 23 2.6 Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order Chapter 24 2.7 We Are to Be Sacrificed: Indigenous Peoples and Dams Chapter 25 2.8 The Pillars of the System Chapter 26 For Further Reading Part 27 Part III Realigning Trade Rules Chapter 28 Introduction Chapter 29 3.1 A Just and Sustainable Trade and Development Initiative for North America Chapter 30 3.2 Another Look at NAFTA Chapter 31 3.3 Cross-Border Labor Solidarity Chapter 32 3.4 NAFTA's Labor Agreement: Lessons Chapter 33 3.5 Building Workers' Human Rights into the Global Trading System Chapter 34 3.6 How the South Is Getting a Raw Deal at the WTO Chapter 35 3.7 How to Support the Rights of Women Workers in the Context of Trade Liberalisation in India Chapter 36 3.8 Agreement on the Establishment of a Free Trade Area Chapter 37 For Further Reading Part 38 Part IV Challenging Corporate Conduct Chapter 39 Introduction Chapter 40 4.1 The Conscious Consumer: Promoting Economic Justice through Fair Trade Chapter 41 4.2 What Hope for Ethical Trade in the Globalized Garment Industry? Chapter 42 4.3 Business Partner Terms of Engagement and Guidelines for Country Selection Chapter 43 4.4 Presentation and Acceptance of Reebok Youth in Action Award Chapter 44 4.5 Children of the Looms: Rescuing the Carpet Kids of Nepal, India, and Pakistan Chapter 45 4.6 Independent Monitoring in Guatemala: What Can Civil Society Contribute? Chapter 46 4.7 Can Advocacy-Led Certification Systems Transform Global Corporate Practices? Chapter 47 4.8 Forest Stewardship Council Principles and Criteria Chapter 48 4.9 Letter to University Presidents Regarding Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns on American Campuses Chapter 49 4.10 Statement to College and University Presidents Chapter 50 4.11 Developing Effective Mechanisms for Implementing Labor Rights in the Global Economy Chapter 51 For Further Reading Part 52 Part V Rolling Back Globalization Chapter 53 Introduction Chapter 54 5.1 Our Word Is Our Weapon Chapter 55 5.2 Bringing the Food Economy Back In: The Social, Ecological, and Economic Benefits of Local Food Chapter 56 5.3 Jaiv Panchayat: Biodiversity Protection at the Village Level Chapter 57 5.4 The Cochabamba Declaration on Water: Globalization, Privatization, and the Search for Alternatives Chapter 58 5.5 The Treaty Initiative: To Share and Protect the Global Water Commons Chapter 59 5.6 South-South Summit Declaration: Towards a Debt-Free Millennium Chapter 60 5.7 Controlling Casino Capital Chapter 61 5.8 How Much Is Enough? Chapter 62 5.9 Toward a Deglobalized World Chapter 63 For Further Reading Chapter 64 Conclusion: What Does It All Add Up To? Chapter 65 Globalization: Can Governments, Companies, and Yes, the Protesters Ever Learn to Get Along? Chapter 66 Bibliography of Global Backlash Web Sites Chapter 67 Index Chapter 68 About the Contributors Chapter 69 Credits

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