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Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph…

Globalization and Its Discontents (2002)

by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Joseph E. Stiglitz

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Maldita globalização que é resultado de um processo de enxugamento do território e das comunidades, logo do trabalho e das pessoas.

O resultado? um nevoeiro de capital que circula pelo mundo, corroendo valor e saltando para o próximo local, sempre deixando menos do que o que ofereceu.

Em particular, a sustentabilidade nas suas três dimensões, sai afetada e torna mais desigual os processos económico, ambiental e social - criando muitas vezes desiquilíbrios que resultam do enfraquecimento dos Estados.

Um dos primeiros grandes críticos da globalização e da inevitabilidade.
Uma leitura obrigatória para todos os que atacam ou defendem este fenómeno dos nossos dias que arrisca ser o disparo para grande parte das transformações que vivemos (digitais ou não) ( )
  lbgouveia | May 17, 2016 |
I have long wanted to understand how the World Bank and the IMF work. This book gives an excellent description from an ex-Chief Economist at the World Bank. Joseph Stiglitz cannot be dismissed as some wild left-wing trouble maker and, although he has been accused of using the book as a settling scores, there is not to be found in the text. The book gives an over-view of the system and is written in a style that is readily comprehensible by someone with little or no understanding of fiscal matters (ME!)

After a potted history of these entities, the book concentrates upon interventions which were made during the period that the author was involved. It clearly shows that the financial assistance given to the smaller countries by the IMF came with strings which hampered, rather than assisted their path to Capitalist heaven. Mr Stiglitz still believes in Globalisation and, when the evidence against the banking system becomes incontrovertible, he suggests methods to correct these structures. This, to me, is the weakest part of the book: he seems to believe that, at government level, there is a real desire to bring countries into the bosom of healthy capitalism and he appears unwilling to consider that, whilst throwing crumbs to struggling economies, a pool of desperate labour, willing to work for a pittance, and often in unsafe conditions, is pure gold to today's TNC's, who have government in a strangle hold. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Jun 7, 2015 |
Is an excellent book. It shows you under a clear perspective the impact of Globalization in the countries that are not prepare to be globalize. It shows how the regulations that may work for some countries do not apply to the others,these regulations are not based in the real situation of the country, in their market conditions, they suffer, their people suffer and in order to have the money they need they need to adapt and accept conditions that in the long term instead of improving their quality of life it decreases it. I highly recommend this book to all the people that will like to know about the real impact of the Transnational organizations such as the Monetary Found in the world. ( )
  CaroPi | Jun 22, 2014 |
I heard about this book and read excerpts (including conferences and articles from the author)- but had not read it until now

some of his remarks on the issues related to global governance and lack of democratic accountability still ring true today...

...also if you do not concur with each one of the author's statements ;) ( )
  aleph123 | May 29, 2014 |
Fairly subjective and self-righteous, but does make valid points. ( )
  Saltvand | Apr 9, 2014 |
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Globalization and its Discontents is a concise, devastating, and relentless indictment of the global economic policies of the International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, and World Bank. Stiglitz singles out the IMF for most of the blame: flawed economic theories, lack of transparency and accountability to the public, and the pursuit of special corporate interests.


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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393324397, Paperback)

Due to massive media coverage, many people are familiar with the controversy and organized resistance that globalization has generated around the world, yet explaining what globalization actually means in practice is a complicated task. For those wanting to learn more, this book is an excellent place to start. An experienced economist, Joseph Stiglitz had a brilliant career in academia before serving for four years on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors and then three years as chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank. His book clearly explains the functions and powers of the main institutions that govern globalization--the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization--along with the ramifications, both good and bad, of their policies. He strongly believes that globalization can be a positive force around the world, particularly for the poor, but only if the IMF, World Bank, and WTO dramatically alter the way they operate, beginning with increased transparency and a greater willingness to examine their own actions closely. Of his time at the World Bank, he writes, "Decisions were made on the basis of what seemed a curious blend of ideology and bad economics, dogma that sometimes seemed to be thinly veiling special interests.... Open, frank discussion was discouraged--there was no room for it." The book is not entirely critical, however: "Those who vilify globalization too often overlook its benefits," Stiglitz writes, explaining how globalization, along with foreign aid, has improved the living standards of millions around the world. With this clear and balanced book, Stiglitz has contributed significantly to the debate on this important topic. --Shawn Carkonen

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Those seeking to understand why globalization has engendered the hostility of protesters in Seattle and Genoa will find the reasons here. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Stiglitz had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade. Particularly concerned with the plight of the developing nations, he became increasingly disillusioned as he saw the International Monetary Fund and other major institutions put the interests of Wall Street and the financial community ahead of the poorer nations. While this book includes no simple formula on how to make globalization work, Stiglitz provides a reform agenda that will provoke debate for years to come.… (more)

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