The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance

The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance


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The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance by Joseph E. Stiglitz

The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising from the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century. Some have suggested that the current turmoil in the Eurozone "proves" the deficiencies in the welfare state. This book argues that the superior performance of Scandinavian countries arises from their superior systems of social protection, which allow their citizens to undertake greater risk and more actively participate in globalization. Some suggest that we can address terrorism or transnational crimes through the strengthening of borders or the waging of long-distance wars. This book contends that these approaches have the opposite effect and that only through spreading the human security experienced in well-ordered societies can these dangers be managed. Contributors to this volume also explore the potential for cities to ensure personal security, promote political participation, and protect the environment in the face of increasing urbanization; the challenge posed by environmental insecurity resulting from climate change; and the reforms in global governance that might enable our global system to function more effectively and to address better the insecurities of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231156875
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, former chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. His books include Making Globalization Work; Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy; The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future; Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development (with Andrew Charlton); and Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress (with Bruce C. Greenwald). In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics.

Mary Kaldor is professor of global governance and director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace (with Shannon D. Beebe); New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era; and Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. Kaldor was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament and of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly. She is also convener of the Human Security Study Group, which reported to Javier Solana.

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