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Globalization and Its Discontents (2002)

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

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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 |
Unlike much of the 'anti-capitalist hysteria' surrounding the issue of globalisation, this book has been written by someone who DOES know what he is talking about and as a result, is not anti-capitalist. Perhaps surprisingly, his economic insight is also matched with an easy to follow and highly readable style.

The author levels much constructive criticism at the IMF and WTO for the way in which they have treated the developing world over the last ten years but never suggests that globalisation per se is a bad idea. What I particularly appreciated was the effort taken by Stiglitz to present clear and reasoned argument to back up his points of view. I would have liked to see a little more detail on the history of the foundation of the IMF,WTO and World Bank but this is only a very minor gripe.

When I borrowed this book from my wife, I had expected, largely due to the title and cover art, that it would be just another incoherent and inflammatory bag of anti-everything nonsense. Fortunately, this is not at all the case. Excellent. ( )
1 vote cwhouston | Nov 20, 2010 |
An independent thinker in global economic policies. Highlights how IMF damages the economies of emerging nations through its nostrums. The latter reflect the stances of US Treasury. It all seems part of program of global control. ( )
  rajaratnam | Jun 19, 2010 |
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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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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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W.W. Norton

Two editions of this book were published by W.W. Norton.

Editions: 0393324397, 0393051242

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