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"The New Global Society" series, according to the foreword, is intended for high school students. Disney's dancing-doll lyrics "it's a small world, after all" are becoming more apt over time, so these books are meant to help youth understand, discuss, and find answers to questions raised by globalization. Yet the introduction to the series claims the books are for lay people. Young adults might find the material somewhat advanced: This text provides a balanced discussion on the impact of globalization on labor markets. Advanced concepts are clearly presented in a reasoned and organized manner. Issues of employment, earnings, labor relations, international human resource management, and policy responses are addressed. Debates over whether globalization is to blame for employment insecurity, deterioration in wages and employment conditions, or the increase in earnings inequalities are presented. Multinational enterprises and foreign direct investing are the focus of the debates; but also noted are issues of trade, technology, country policies, and political events. As the author claims, there are no simple answers to the many questions raised about globalization's economic effect on the individual worker. The author foresees the necessity of supportive adjustment policies to sustain the negatively impacted worker but also the importance of sustained economic openness among countries. Charts, graphs, illustrations, photos, and vignettes clarify the points. A glossary, notes, a bibliography, and an index complete the volume. Advanced students can learn about hot topics, such as offshoring and global management, and educate themselves on their future employment world. 2006, Chelsea HousePublishers, Ages 15 up.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
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