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Taming Globalization: Frontiers of Governance

ISBN: 978-0-7456-3076-2
208 pages
August 2003, Polity
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In this volume some of the world’s leading analysts of globalization discuss the economic, political and ethical implications of global economic integration. They assess the benefits and the costs of globalization and suggest strategies for reconciling it with the interests and aspirations of the people in all regions of the world.


The contributors understand globalization not as a uniform process that should be praised or condemned in its entirety, but as a complex phenomenon that can and must be shaped and steered towards socially desirable goals. They reject the idea that the results of market processes are inexorable or invariably beneficial. On the contrary, they call for a robust global governance that is attentive to normative commitments - the common good, social justice, and democratic accountability - and does not reflect the overwhelming power of a handful of governments and corporate interests.


Taming Globalization offers a fresh look at a much-debated topic, and sets out new ideas for curtailing and overcoming the negative aspects of global economic change. Contributors include Robert E. Goodin, David Held, Robert O. Keohane, John Gerard Ruggie, Joseph E. Stiglitz, and Robert Hunter Wade

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Introduction: Globalization and the Challenge to Governance Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chapter 1: The Disturbing Rise in Poverty and Inequality: Is It All a ‘Big Lie’? Robert Hunter Wade, The London School of Economics & Political Science.

Chapter 2: Globalization and Development Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University.

Chapter 3: Globalizing Justice Robert E. Goodin, Australian National University.

Chapter 4: Taking Embedded Liberalism Global: The Corporate Connection John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University.

Chapter 5: Global Governance and Democratic Accountability Robert O. Keohane, Duke University.

Chapter 6: From Executive to Cosmopolitan Multilateralism David Held, The London School of Economics and Political Science

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David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mathias Koenig-Archibugi is Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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  • Leading analysts of globalization discuss the economic, political and ethical implications of global economic integration.
  • This volume assesses the benefits and the costs of globalization and suggests strategies for reconciling it with the interests of people worldwide.
  • Calls for a robust global governance that is attentive to the common good, social justice, and democratic accountability - and does not reflect the overwhelming power of a handful of governments and corporate interests.
  • Sets out new ideas for curtailing and overcoming the negative aspects of global economic change.
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