Case Against the Global Economy And for a Turn Toward the Local

ISBN-10: 0871568659

ISBN-13: 9780871568656

Edition: 1996

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Description: A great political debate has emerged over the many unexpected and profound consequences of the rush toward the global economy. The world's political and corporate leaders are restructuring the planet's economy and political arrangements in ways that will affect humans and the environment more than anything since the Industrial Revolution. Global institutions such as GATT, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and the World Bank, created with scant public debate or scrutiny, have moved real power away from citizens and nation states to global bureaucracies, with grave results. The Case Against the Global Economyis the first comprehensive point-by-point analysis of the global economy, its premises, and its social and environmental implications. The work gathers forty-three leading economic, agricultural, and environmental experts who charge that free trade and economic globalization are producing exactly the opposite results from what has been promised. Contributors include William Greider, Jeremy Rifkin, Ralph Nader, Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Wendell Berry, Kirkpatrick Sale, Herman E. Daly, Richard Barnet, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and more than thirty other analysts of the global economy.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Acknowledgments and Notes
Facing the Rising Tide
The Failures of Bretton Woods
The Pressure to Modernize and Globalize
Global Economy and the Third World
Homogenization of Education
Homogenization of Global Culture
Global Trade and the Environment
GATT, NAFTA, and the Subversion of the Democratic Process
New Technology and the End of Jobs
Control of the World's Food Supply
Biocolonization: The Patenting of Life and the Global Market in Body Parts
Piracy by Patent: The Case of the Neem Tree
Globalization, Development, and the Spread of Disease
The Winners and the Losers
The Mythic Victory of Market Capitalism
Sustainable Growth? No Thank You
The Need for New Measurement of Progress
Growth Has Reached Its Limit
Free Trade: The Great Destroyer
Free Trade: The Perils of Deregulation
Neo-Development: "Global Ecological Management"
Development as Colonialism
Seeds of Exploitation: Free Trade Zones in the Global Economy
Structural Adjustment and the Polarization of Mexican Society
Structural Adjustment Programs: "Success" for Whom?
Mechanisms of Corporate Rule
The Rules of Corporate Behavior
"Citizen" GE
Wal-Mart: Global Retailer
Technologies of Globalization
Electronic Money and the Casino Economy
Exercising Power Over Corporations Through State Charters
Shifting Direction: From Global Dependence to Local Interdependence
Conserving Communities
Gandhi's Swadeshi: The Economics of Permanence
Community Supported Agriculture: Farming with a Face on It
Communities: Building Authority, Responsibilities, and Capacity
Community Money: The Potential of Local Currency
"Sharing One Skin": Okanagan Community
Principles of Bioregionalism
In Favor of a New Protectionism
Cross-Border Organizing
The Last Word: Family, Community, Democracy
References
Author's Bibliography
Background Bibliography
Organizations
Index
Editors' Biographies
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