Stream of Windows: Unsettling Reflections on Trade, Immigration, and Democracy

Stream of Windows: Unsettling Reflections on Trade, Immigration, and Democracy

by Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Jadish N. Bhagwati
     
 

Jagdish Bhagwati firmly believes that those who work at the frontiers of economics should also get down into the trenches of public policy in the only way they can: through advocacy. His frequent writings in leading newspapers and magazines are further testimony to his conviction that academics can best do public good by becoming a public nuisance. Running…  See more details below

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Jagdish Bhagwati firmly believes that those who work at the frontiers of economics should also get down into the trenches of public policy in the only way they can: through advocacy. His frequent writings in leading newspapers and magazines are further testimony to his conviction that academics can best do public good by becoming a public nuisance. Running through his writings is the contrary voice, questioning popular positions, challenging the consensus.

Bhagwati has an agenda to advance, a vision of the good society that economic policy must help to shape. The good society he has sought over the years is one whose economics embrace openness, in particular in trade and immigration, and whose politics are democratic, not just for the elite few but with the effective participation of the many, including women and minorities.

A Stream of Windows offers a selection of the author's policy writings from the past ten years. The title, from a James Schuyler poem, suggests the fluidity of a stream, contrasted with a stagnant pool, as well as the windows the author seeks to open to bring in fresh air. The image captures the essence of the author's writings, which forcefully opposed the demonization of Japan in the 1980s and early 1990s, and which expose the folly of current U.S. policy equating free trade with free trade areas, challenge the bipartisan bashing of illegal immigrants, refute the conventional view that democracy hinders development, and much more.


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Editorial Reviews

David Dodwell
...Windows stands as testament to his unrelenting, passionate rebuke of those who stray from the path of multilateral trade and economic liberalization....Readers will derive pleasure from this book, not only because of its simplicity and eloquence, but because of the zeal with which Bhagwati vents on those he most dislikes.
Far Eastern Economic Review
Rushford Report
If your idea — like mine — is that a great book on international economics is one that you don't have to be an economist to enjoy, a book that has almost no impenetrable economists' charts, you'll love this one. Bhagwati writes beautifully, displaying a droll, educated, wit.
David Warsh
. . .Bhagwati is at the top of the class of smooth-writing economists. This collection of his articles is an excellent tour d'horizon of free trade and immigration issues.
Boston Globe
Fareed Zakaria
Jagdish Bhagwati is that rare economist who thinks broadly and writes clearly. His high intelligence, lively style, and good humor are all in evidence in this collection.
Foreign Affairs
The Rushford Report
If your idea — like mine — is that a great book on international economics is one that you don't have to be an economist to enjoy, a book that has almost no impenetrable economists' charts, you'll love this one. Bhagwati writes beautifully, displaying a droll, educated, wit.
Adrian Karatnycky
Anyone who reads this engaging description of the ways the world works will emerge a lot less confused and at least a little more optimistic.
The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262024402
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
531
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Jaime Serra
Provocative and insightful, Jagdish Bhagwati's collection of policy writings presents a free trade agenda, based on solid theoretical grounds, that will surely be influential in the years to come.

Arthur Dunkel
In A Stream of Windows a most eminent economist of our times once again shows himself to be an outstanding opinion shaper and communicator for the benefit of the citizens of our global village.

Fareed Zakaria
Jagdish Bhagwati is that rare economist who thinks broadly and writes clearly. His high intelligence, lively style, and good humor are all in evidence in this collection.

Sylvia Ostry
Jagdish Bhagwati is a giant among trade policy scholars. This book provides ample evidence for that assertion. The reader will be beguiled and informed by Bhagwati's rare combination of profound insight, mischievous wit, and elegant presentation.

Otto Graf Lambsdorff
This is a sparkling collection of recent policy writings by a most brilliant and versatile scholar, as well as a passionate and upright advocate of free trade and democracy.

From the Publisher
"Although Mr. Bhagwati may be best known as a proponent of open trade,this volume will enhance his reputation as a proponent of opensocieties, in which free markets exist in a context of free humanbeings.... Anyone who reads this engaging description of the waysthe world works will emerge a lot less confused and at least a littlemore optimistic." Adrian Karatnycky ,Wall Street Journal

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Meet the Author

Jagdish N. Bhagwati is University Professor of Economics, Law, and International Relations at Columbia University and Director of the Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies. He is the author (with Arvind Panagariya) of Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries.

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