In Defense of Globalization / Edition 1

In Defense of Globalization / Edition 1

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by Jagdish Bhagwati
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195170253

ISBN-13: 2900195170251

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Globalization has been blamed for everything from child labor to environmental degradation, cultural homogenization, and a host of other ills affecting rich and poor nations alike. Not a day goes by without impassioned authors and activists, whether anti- or pro-globalization, putting their oars into these agitated waters. When all is said, however, we lack a clear,

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Globalization has been blamed for everything from child labor to environmental degradation, cultural homogenization, and a host of other ills affecting rich and poor nations alike. Not a day goes by without impassioned authors and activists, whether anti- or pro-globalization, putting their oars into these agitated waters. When all is said, however, we lack a clear, coherent and comprehensive sense of how globalization works, and how it might be made to work better. Enter Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist, known equally for the clarity of his arguments and the sharpness of his pen. In this book, Bhagwati takes on globalization's critics, using sound economic principles and vivid examples rather than inflamed rhetoric, to show that globalization is in fact the most powerful force for social good in the world today.

Bhagwati explains why the "Gotcha" examples are often not as they seem -- that in fact globalization often alleviates many of the problems for which it has been blamed. Bhagwati carefully explains the fallacies that underlie many of the critics' arguments, suggesting that there is a good reason why most globalization protesters come from rich rather than poor countries. Exploring globalization's "human face" in great detail, Bhagwati demonstrates its beneficial effects on a panoply of social issues including poverty, child labor, women's rights, democracy, wage and labor standards, and the environment. He concludes that by focusing so much on globalization's purported evils, we are missing the opportunity to focus on accelerating its achievements while coping with its downsides. Often controversial and always compelling, Jagdish Bhagwati here provides at last a book that cuts through the noise on this most contentious issue, showing that globalization is part of the solution, not part of the problem. Anyone who wants to understand what's at stake in the globalization wars will want to read In Defense of Globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195170251
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
OP
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
ICoping with Anti-Globalization
1Anti-Globalization: Why?3
2Globalization: Socially, Not Just Economically, Benign28
3Globalization Is Good but Not Good Enough32
4Non-Governmental Organizations36
IIGlobalization's Human Face: Trade and Corporations
5Poverty: Enhanced or Diminished?51
6Child Labor: Increased or Reduced?68
7Women: Harmed or Helped?73
8Democracy at Bay?92
9Culture Imperiled or Enriched?106
10Wages and Labor Standards at Stake?122
11Environment in Peril?135
12Corporations: Predatory or Beneficial?162
IIIOther Dimensions of Globalization
13The Perils of Gung-ho International Financial Capitalism199
14International Flows of Humanity208
IVAppropriate Governance: Making Globalization Work Better
15Appropriate Governance: An Overview221
16Coping with Downsides228
17Accelerating the Achievement of Social Agendas240
18Managing Transitions: Optimal, Not Maximal, Speed253
VIn Conclusion
19And So, Let Us Begin Anew265
Glossary: Acronyms, Phrases and Concepts267
Notes273
Index297

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Very timely study on numerous hot global issues. Author seems convinced that world has entered a new era. Worthy of serious study. This book should be read along with a couple of other fine books on similar topics: ReOrient by Andre Gunder Frank, and China's Global Reach by George Zhibin Gu, which offer even more powerful analysis and information on either the historical development (Frank) or current global affairs (Gu).