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In Defense of Globalization

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The riot-torn meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999 was only the most dramatic sign of the intensely passionate debate now raging over globalization, which critics blame for everything from child labor to environmental degradation, cultural homogenization, and a host of other ills afflicting poorer nations.

Now Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist known equally for the clarity of his arguments and the sharpness of his pen, takes on the critics, revealing that globalization, when properly governed, is in fact the most powerful force for social good in the world today. Drawing on his unparalleled knowledge of international economics, Bhagwati explains why the "gotcha" examples of the critics are often not as they seem, and that in fact globalization often alleviates many of the problems for which it has been blamed. For instance, when globalization leads to greater general prosperity in an underdeveloped nation, it quickly reduces child labor and increases literacy (when parents have sufficient income, they send their children to school, not work). The author describes how globalization helps the cause of women around the world and he shows how economic growth, when coupled with the appropriate environmental safeguards, does not necessarily increase pollution. And to counter the charge that globalization leads to cultural hegemony, to a bland "McWorld," Bhagwati points to the example of Salman Rushdie, a writer who blends Bombay slang and impeccable English in novels touched by magic realism borrowed from South American writers. Globalization leads not to cultural white bread but to a spicy hybrid of cultures.

With the wit and wisdom for which he is renowned, Bhagwati convincingly shows 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 must read In Defense of Globalization.

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An internationally renowned economist joins the bitter debate over globalization as he refutes critics to describe the potential social benefits of a properly governed form of globalization, including increased prosperity in underdeveloped nations, reduction in the child labor force, increased liter

Synopsis:

In the passionate debate that currently rages over globalization, critics have been heard blaming it for a host of ills afflicting poorer nations, everything from child labor to environmental degradation and cultural homogenization. Now Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist, takes on the critics, revealing that globalization, when properly governed, is in fact the most powerful force for social good in the world today. Drawing on his unparalleled knowledge of international and development economics, Bhagwati explains why the "gotcha" examples of the critics are often not as compelling as they seem. With the wit and wisdom for which he is renowned, Bhagwati convincingly shows that globalization is part of the solution, not part of the problem.

About the Author

Jagdish Bhagwati is University Professor at Columbia University and Andre Meyer Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. A former Special Adviser to the United Nations on Globalization, he is one of the world's foremost authorities on international trade. The author of more than forty-five volumes and three hundred articles, he writes frequently for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Financial Times.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195170252
Author:
Bhagwati, Jagdish
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Bhagwati, Jagdish N.
Author:
null, Jagdish
Location:
New York
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
Economics | Developmental
Series Volume:
108-188
Publication Date:
20040301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones and line illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.5 x 1 in 1.313 lb

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"Synopsis" by , An internationally renowned economist joins the bitter debate over globalization as he refutes critics to describe the potential social benefits of a properly governed form of globalization, including increased prosperity in underdeveloped nations, reduction in the child labor force, increased liter
"Synopsis" by , In the passionate debate that currently rages over globalization, critics have been heard blaming it for a host of ills afflicting poorer nations, everything from child labor to environmental degradation and cultural homogenization. Now Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist, takes on the critics, revealing that globalization, when properly governed, is in fact the most powerful force for social good in the world today. Drawing on his unparalleled knowledge of international and development economics, Bhagwati explains why the "gotcha" examples of the critics are often not as compelling as they seem. With the wit and wisdom for which he is renowned, Bhagwati convincingly shows that globalization is part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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