Global Tensions: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Economy

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Against the backdrop of demonstrations in Seattle, Porto Alegre and Genoa and within the context of growing resistances to free trade and the current global trends, Global Tensions takes a close look at the challenges posed by the processes of globalization at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Composed of original essays by renowned scholars, this volume explores controversial topics such as free trade, women's rights, labor standards,...

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Overview

Against the backdrop of demonstrations in Seattle, Porto Alegre and Genoa and within the context of growing resistances to free trade and the current global trends, Global Tensions takes a close look at the challenges posed by the processes of globalization at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Composed of original essays by renowned scholars, this volume explores controversial topics such as free trade, women's rights, labor standards, the World Trade Organization and global tensions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415934411
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lourdes Beneria is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Women's Studies at Cornell University. She lives in Ithaca, New York, and is the author of the forthcoming Routledge title Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if People Mattered (2003).
Savitri Bisnath received her PhD from Cornell University and currently works for an international philanthropic organization.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Toward a Stark Utopia? New Constitutionalism and the Politics of Globalization 13
2 Tax Distortion in the Global Economy 27
3 Human Rights and Corporate Profits: The UN Global Compact - Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem? 45
4 Cross-Border Externalities and International Public Goods: Implications for Aid Agencies 65
5 Financial-Sector Liberalization and the Asian Financial Crisis: The IFIs Got It Wrong Twice 79
6 Developing Countries and the New Financial Architecture 97
7 Globalization: Eight Crises of Social Protection 111
8 Biotechnology and Food Security: Profiting on Insecurity? 137
9 The WTO, GATS, and TPRM: Servicing Liberalization and Eroding Equity Goals? 155
10 Labor Standards, Women's Rights, Basic Needs: Challenges to Collective Action in a Globalizing World 173
11 Contesting Global Trade Rules: Social Movements and the World Trade Organization 193
12 Utilizing Interdisciplinarity to Analyze Global Socio-Economic Change: A Tribute to Ester Boserup 209
13 Development and Productive Deprivation: Male Patriarchal Relations in Business Families and Their Implications for Women in South India 223
14 Promoting Women's Capabilities 241
15 The Global City: Strategic Site/New Frontier 259
16 Urban Tensions: Globalization, Economic Restructuring, and the Postmetropolitan Transition 275
17 Urban Transport and Tensions in Developing Countries 291
About the Authors 309
Index 319
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