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Educate yourself on the pros and cons of globalization

The next leap forward in mankind’s socioeconomic evolution, or a scam perpetrated by evil transnational

corporations to bust unions and impoverish the masses?

Either way, globalization is here to stay, and if you want to make sense of today’s headlines you need to have a firm grasp of the phenomenon. Packed with helpful real-life examples, Teach Yourself Globalization provides you with a penetrating and unvarnished look at globalization—the forces driving it and the world it’s shaping.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071484527
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Series: Teach Yourself: Health & New Age Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Table of Contents

The hinge of history: the new global order     1
Introduction     2
New centres of world power     5
Assessing globalization     9
The end of the Europeanization of the globe     9
The end of the Cold War     13
Conclusion     16
Rise of the old world order: era of nation-states     17
Introduction     18
The basic unit of international politics     18
European system before 1648     19
Characteristics of the nation-state     22
Ambiguities of the Westphalian system     23
European impact on Africa     28
Conclusion     31
Problems with the nation-state system     33
Introduction     34
Diplomacy     34
Localization     38
The importance of new technology     40
Conclusion     44
Individual governments and global problems     45
Introduction     46
Plagues and infectious diseases     46
Pollution     49
Crime     53
Mass movement of peoples     60
Conclusion     63
The United Nations     65
Introduction     66
The League of Nations     66
Composition of the UN     67
Assessment of the UN     72
Conclusion     78
The European Union and other organizations     80
Introduction     81
The European Union (EU)     81
The Commonwealth     85
Group of 8 (G8)     87
Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)     89
The Bank of International Settlements     91
The future of national governments     96
Conclusion     97
Transnational corporations     98
Introduction     99
Evolution of the corporation     99
The global economy     101
Global impact     105
Conclusion     107
Transnational corporations' challenge to governmental power     108
Introduction     109
Education of a president     109
The rise and fall of governments in economic policy     110
Merchant power     111
Adam Smith and the role of the market     112
John Maynard Keynes and the role of government     114
The market returns      119
Conclusion     122
Consuming passions     123
Introduction     124
Consumerism as a new idea     124
Sophisticated marketing     126
The situation in developing countries     129
The rise of free trade     130
Is the 'good life' killing us?     134
Is the pace of life too fast?     135
Conclusion     144
People power: nongovernmental organizations     145
Introduction     146
The size of NGOs     146
NGOs and the decline of national party politics     147
Characteristics of NGOs     147
Four case studies     153
Conclusion     160
How NGOs challenge governmental power     161
Introduction     162
NGO pressure on national governments     162
Four case studies     164
Conclusion     174
How NGOs challenge the power of transnational corporations     175
Introduction     176
Putting justice into business     176
Boycotts     177
Ethical purchasing     180
Shareholder activism     181
Conclusion      185
The reaction against globalization     187
Introduction     188
Religious fundamentalism     188
White male rage     195
The global justice movement     198
Globalization in novels     203
Conclusion     205
Globalization cannot be reversed     207
Introduction     208
Globalization is here to stay     208
Government has been reinvented     209
The value of nationalism in sport     210
Trade knits the world together     211
Conclusion     214
Making the most of the new era     216
Introduction     217
Uniting the people     217
World federalism     218
The continuing debate     221
The idea continues     225
Refusal to change     225
Conclusion     226
Glossary     229
Abbreviations     230
Taking it further     232
Index     234
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