Open World: The Truth about Globalization / Edition 384

Open World: The Truth about Globalization / Edition 384

by Phillippe Legrain
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566635470

ISBN-13: 9781566635479

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher

In a timely and provocative book, Philippe Legrain, formerly trade and economics correspondent for the Economist, argues that the idea and practice of globalization has been misrepresented by political activists who fail to understand its workings. Globalization, he insists, is neither a label for Americanization nor an excuse for worldwide corporate domination,

Overview

In a timely and provocative book, Philippe Legrain, formerly trade and economics correspondent for the Economist, argues that the idea and practice of globalization has been misrepresented by political activists who fail to understand its workings. Globalization, he insists, is neither a label for Americanization nor an excuse for worldwide corporate domination, and it does not eliminate local cultures or make governments irrelevant. Reassessing the pros and cons of the most controversial economic movement of our time, Mr. Legrain finds no real foundation for the alarm that globalization has generated among a variety of protest groups. His compellingly readable and balanced evaluation analyzes all the major forces in the economic equation—workers, companies, governments, national economies, industry and agriculture, patents and profits, money and finance—and makes a clear case that we are free to choose our future and to shape globalization for the benefit of all. Open World is a spirited and incisive work of socio-economic analysis and a clarion call to restore our faith in government. "At last a good book on globalization...lucid and persuasive."—Financial Times "If you have been convinced by Naomi Klein or Noreena Hertz, you owe it to yourself to read Legrain's persuasive defense."—New Statesman "One of those rare books that grabs the conventional wisdom and turns it on its head....Anyone who cares about our world and its future should read it."—Jonathan Freedland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566635479
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.38(d)

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword ix Part 2 Introduction 3 Chapter 3 FREE TO CHOOSE: What kind of globalisation do we want? Part 4 WORRIED WORKERS: Why globalisation is actually the least of their worries 25 Part 5 THE POOR PROFIT: Globalisation is the only route out of poverty 47 Part 6 A BRIEF HISTORY OF GLOBALISATION: How our open world emerged 80 Part 7 BRAND NEW WORLD?: Why brands are not all-conquering beasts 118 Part 8 GIANTS WITH CLAY FEET: Why companies don't run the world 132 Part 9 THE PHANTOM MENACE: Why government is not under threat 151 Part 10 GLOBAL GOVERNMENT: How the world should (and shouldn't) be run 174 Part 11 FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Why farm trade should be freed 211 Part 12 ENDANGERED EARTH?: How globalisation can be green 236 Part 13 PATENTLY WRONG: How global patent laws harm the poor and the sick 254 Part 14 FINANCIAL FAILINGS: Why global money should be caged 270 Part 15 CULTURE CLASH: Individual freedom, not Coke, rules OK 293 Part 16 A DIFFERENT WORLD: We can build a better globalisation 320 Part 17 Notes 335 Part 18 Bibliography 348

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