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Acronyms, Phrases and Concepts Notes Index Preface D oes the world need yet another book on globalization? Not a day goes by without impassioned authors and activists, whether anti- or pro-globalization, putting their oars into these agitated waters.
There are evidently many who think that globalization may be economically benign, increasing economic prosperity in the conventional economic sense of enlarging the pie, but that it is also socially malign, that it diminishes, not enhances, the war on poverty, the assault on gender discrimination, the protection of culture both indigenous and mainstream, and indeed much else.
The majority of those who agitate seem to agree on one thing: But then their pro-globalization opponents who refuse to buckle under this assault also fail to produce a concerted and total defense, based on a systematic examination of these contentions and concerns that builds up to a vision of the global system that is profoundly more optimistic yet suggests ways to make this globalization even better.
Where we need a total war, we instead have combatants engaged in battles over fragmented fronts.
Each warrior reminds us, as Dr. Johnson once said with characteristic wit, of the pedant in Hierocles who, when he offered his house for sale, carried a brick in his pocket as a specimen! In this book, I offer a view of the whole house. I focus for intensive analysis in Part I on understanding the antiglobalization movement and defining its concerns, while analyzing the growth of non-governmental organizations that play a principal role in the anti-globalization phenomenon and can play an important role in the design of appropriate governance to improve outcomes from globalization.
In Part II I consider the social implications, on different dimensions such as gender issues and poverty, of trade and direct foreign investments by corporationsconcluding that they are, generally speaking, benign—that is, that globalization has a human face.
I conclude therefore that the concerns of the more thoughtful of the anti-globalization critics, that economic globalization has adverse social implications and therefore that globalization lacks a human face, are mistaken.
Short-term capital flows, which broadly consist of transactions in stocks and related financial instruments for short-term gains as distinct from direct equity investment by enterprises for long-term gains, and human movements across borders legal and illegal, voluntary or forced by crisis and circumstance are in fact two principal forms of economic globalization that raise a number of difficult questions, some similar to and several others different from the ones on which I concentrate.
And they deserve attention in a book that is addressed to globalization on a broader scale than just trade and direct foreign investment. In this analysis also I part from the anti-globalization critics: It raises a false alarm.
Globalization has a human face, but we can make that face yet more agreeable. This book is the culmination of intense work over the last two years. I have written and lectured about globalization as my ideas took shape.
Preface k xi But this work remains the full-bodied development of my ideas and my vision concerning globalization over many years of academic reflection and policy experience.
I have propagated these views in my work two years ago as special adviser to the United Nations on Globalization, where Secretary General Kofi Annan now seems to lean more toward the view that globalization is part of the solution, not part of the problem, but that we do need institutional changes and support mechanisms to smooth out its occasional rough edges.
I have developed a number of debts in writing this book. Bowman Cutter, who chaired a study group that discussed drafts of different chapters, has been a source of ideas, and I am greatly indebted to him indeed.
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