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The Contemporary Global Economy: A History since 1980

ISBN: 978-1-4443-9685-0
320 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Contemporary Global Economy provides a lively overview of recent turbulence in the world economy, focusing on the dynamics of globalization since the 1980s. It explains the main drivers of economic change and how we are able to discern their effects in the world today.
  • A lucid and balanced survey, based on extensive research in data and documents, accessible to the non-specialist
  • Written by a renowned specialist in international economic relations with academic and government credentials
  • Offers clear and engaging explanations of the main motors of economic change and how we are able to discern their effects in the world today
  • The author assumes little knowledge of economic theory or financial markets
  • Identifies the challenges for sustainable recovery and economic growth in the years ahead
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Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface.


List of Abbreviations.

1. Introduction.

2. The Global Economy before 1980.

3. The Rich Nations.

4. The Developing World.

5. Thinking about the Global Economy.

6. International Trade.

7. Global Business.

8. Internationalization of Finance.

9. The Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2010.

10. The Underside of the Global Economy.

11. Epilogue.


Suggestions for Further Reading.



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Author Information

Alfred E. Eckes, Jr., is Ohio Eminent Research Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University and a former Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has published a number of books on international trade and finance, the competition for world resources, and globalization. Eckes is a former president and executive vice president of the International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA), an organization of academics and professionals from 25 countries. He has served as editor of its journal, the Global Economy Journal.
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"I highly recommend the brilliant and well reasoned book The Contemporary Global Economy: A History since 1980 by Alfred E. Eckes, Jr., to anyone seeking a well written and comprehensive book on the march of globalization since 1980. The author presents the information, in a format that is readily understood by any reader, as to how the driving forces of economic change operate and how they are clearly visible today." (Blog Business World, 12 August 2011)

"The book is a lucid and balanced survey, based on extensive research, accessible to the non-specialist." (GMF, 2011)


"Alfred Eckes provides a broad yet detailed perspective of the economic, commercial and geo political trends which have defined global markets and policies since the 1980s. Spanning developed, transitional and emerging economies, Eckes presents for academics, specialists and the general public a comprehensive analysis and prognosis of complex global shifts."
Irene Finel-Honigman, Columbia University

"For expert and student alike, The Contemporary Global Economy is an approachable yet sophisticated treatment of the tumultuous global economy's past third of a century. Lively writing complements broad coverage of every important person, issue, and event that have shaped our times. Long the authority in international economic history, Eckes has produced a tour de force that should be included in any library and course."
Thomas Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder

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