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Globalization in Question The International Economy and the Possibilities of Governance

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ISBN-10: 0745621643

ISBN-13: 9780745621647

Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)

Authors: Paul Hirst, Grahame Thompson

List price: $38.95
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'Globalization' is one of the key concepts of our time. It is used by both the right and the left as the cornerstone of their analysis of the international economy and polity. In both political and academic discussions, the assumption is commonly made that the process of economic globalization is well under way and that this represents a qualitatively new stage in the development of international capitalism. But is there in fact such a thing as a genuinely global economy? Globalization in Question investigates this notion, providing a very different account of the international economy and stressing the possibilities for its continued and extended governance.The new edition of this best-selling text has been thoroughly revised, updated and expanded to take into account new issues which have become salient in the period since the first edition was published, including the impact of the internationalization of economic relations on the welfare state; the various debates about the concept of "competitiveness"; the Asian crisis; and the relationships between the North and the South in terms of their effects on wage rates and living standards.Globalization in Question, Second Edition, is a timely intervention into current discussions about the nature and prospects of globalization. The book has far-reaching implications which will be of interest to students and academics in a number of disciplines including politics, sociology, economics and geography, as well as to journalists and policy-makers.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 2/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction: Globalization -- a Necessary Myth?
Globalization and the History of the International Economy
The Trade to GDP Ratio Controversy
Multinational Companies and the Internationalization of Business Activity: The Consequences of 'Globalization' for National Systems
North--South Trade and International Competitiveness
The Developing Economies and Globalization
The Asian Crisis
Can the Welfare State Survive Globalization?
Economic Governance Issues in General
The European Union as a Trade Bloc
Globalization, Governance and the Nation-State