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In Global Governance, policy analyst Kristin Dawkins offers a refreshingly hopeful and astute roadmap towards a democratic future, framing the respective roles and accomplishments of corporations, governments, and citizen activists in light of the day-to-day needs of communities around the world. Written with an eye to the realities of power, Global Governance explores the origins and current state of play in the major global institutions, the rising dominance of global corporations and the growing wealth of the worlds political elite. In describing the impacts of international trade, aid and development loans on Southern economies and communities, Dawkins carefully explains the way governmental policies overseas become instruments of coercion in the context of globalization.
Writing with a passionate commitment to justice and democracy, Dawkins points out that the U.S. government is becoming increasingly hostile to the UN - even though many of the UNs institutions and treaties were designed to address poverty and the other problems created by globalization. At a time when the UNs very survival is being questioned, Global Governance is an urgent call to revitalize multilateralism and to build powerful new tools for democratic global governance.
Describing the state of the art in international organising, this book offers easy to understand explanations of each issue and institution in the globalisation conflict, with an emphasis on how decisions get made.
Kristin Dawkins describes the latest developments in international organizing — from the streets of Seattle and Johannesburg to the offices of the U.N., World Bank, IMF, and WTO. Using clear explanations of the issues and institutions, she offers a practical agenda to help activists find new opportunities.
About the Author
KRISTIN DAWKINS is a senior fellow at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. She worked for 16 years in community development and public policy research in Philadelphia, including 9 years as the executive director of the Philadelphia Jobs in Energy Project.
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