The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/2/21
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From the mercantile monopolies of seventeenth-century empires to the modern-day authority of the WTO, IMF, and World Bank, the nations of the world have struggled to effectively harness globalization's promise. The economic narratives that underpinned these eras--the gold standard, the Bretton Woods regime, the "Washington Consensus"--brought great success and great failure. In this eloquent challenge to the reigning wisdom on globalization, Dani Rodrik offers a new narrative, one that embraces an ineluctable tension: we cannot simultaneously pursue democracy, national self-determination, and economic globalization. When the social arrangements of democracies inevitably clash with the international demands of globalization, national priorities should take precedence. Combining history with insight, humor with good-natured critique, Rodrik's case for a customizable globalization supported by a light frame of international rules shows the way to a balanced prosperity as we confront today's global challenges in trade, finance, and labor markets.
Although [Rodrik s] message is nuanced and rigorous, drawing on history, logic and the latest economic data, he manages to convey it in simple, powerful prose that any reader can follow .a much-needed addendum to [Adam] Smith s famous formulation.--Steven Pearlstein"
Takes on the biggest issue of our time globalization and eloquently enlarges the debate about the extent and limits of global cooperation.--Gordon Brown"
In this cogent, well-written book, Rodrik, a Harvard economist, critiques unalloyed globalization enthusiasts, taking aim at their desire to fully liberalize foreign trade and capital movements.--Richard N. Cooper
Takes on the biggest issue of our time--globalization--and eloquently enlarges the debate about the extent and limits of global cooperation.--Gordon Brown
Although [Rodrik's] message is nuanced and rigorous, drawing on history, logic and the latest economic data, he manages to convey it in simple, powerful prose that any reader can follow....a much-needed addendum to [Adam] Smith's famous formulation.--Steven Pearlstein
Simply the best recent treatment of the globalization dilemma that I've read, by an economist or anyone else....He gives us nothing less than a general theory of globalization, development, democracy, and the state. The book provides the pleasure of following a thoughtful, critical mind working through a complex puzzle. Rodrik writes in highly friendly and nontechnical prose, blending a wide-ranging knowledge of economic history and politics and a gentle, occasionally incredulous, skepticism about the narrow and distorting lens of his fellow economists.--Robert Kuttner
A Big Book, one that may shape a new way of thinking about the global economy. . . . The style is conversational, but sweeping and authoritative--professorial in the positive sense. Rodrik is less of a polemicist . . . preferring to stay inside the tent, but he can pack a polite punch when necessary.--Duncan Green, Oxfam International, author of From Poverty to Power
treatise of issues that must not be ignored if free trade is to operate effectively for the benefit of individual states and the globe.
I find particularly interesting the author's study of the economic success of China and three of the four Asian dragons: Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. His analysis is most instructive. Nevertheless, Hong Kong, the fourth dragon and one that operates one of the freest regimes for trade on this globe, is conspicuously missing from his study. It would be useful if he would have covered this city state as well.
In all, a very interesting and useful book recommended for anyone who has an interest in the subject.
I found this book to be very well researched and documented from a historical point of view. From a technical perspective, the explanations are clear and the logic and conclusions are solid. But we, people from the poor countries feel there is another side to the story. One that Mr. Rodrik mentions just in passing: there IS a dark side. Are there hedgehogs, or just economists responding to their ideology or to the money they get paid by the elites and/or transnational corporations running the globalization show? There is no way they didn't know what would be the results or consequences of the models they proposed and still defend. Well, the results are there for all to see and the scheme is to get the world back to what Mr. Rodrik presents as Capitalism No. 1, and that is deep globalization with the WTO and the FMI doing the job the gunboats did in the past.
I really think this is a book that everybody should read and study..
I gained a good deal of clear thinking value from this book and it has expanded my scope for considering large scale economic and political interactions.
Of course you can't expect from some 3-million inhabitants-country to suddenly build its competitiveness from ground under regime of free trade, and with regime of currency board...