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The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault on Prosperity and Democracy (Anglais) Broché – 1 octobre 1997
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This remarkable book explores the spread of globalization and the likely consequences for jobs and democracy. The book opens a private seminar attended by 500 chief executives of major corporations, leading politicians and intellectuals in San Francisco. The conclusions were devastating. The biggest manufacturers, while shifting production away from the industrial countries, foresee a technological future in which only a fifth of the world current workforce will be needed. Millions will be unemployed and a growing gulf between the low paid and the well off will be the consequences. But, Martin and Schumann argue, we do not have to be mere cogs in a brutal global dynamic. Democratic power and economic prosperity do not have to give way to unstoppable technological and economic progress. The primacy of politics over the economy and the care of the state must, and can, be reasserted. A left wing view, trying to protect union power and privileged classes in some developed countries, and to prevent the shift to low labor cost countries, is the main line of the book.
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le 9 février 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
very interesting book. I read this book in a foreign language a few years back and wanted the english version.
very interesting. would recommend.
very interesting. would recommend.
Insightful and prescient
le 22 décembre 2012 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Although it's now 15 years old, it is still very relevant. I'd recommend it to all college students - know what kind of world you are getting into.
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A preview of things to come?
le 30 octobre 2000 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Although this book was written in 1995-1996, it is worrying that events that happened since were correctly predicted by the authors. A bit depressing, as another reviewer remarked, but the signs are there. "Globalisation and fragmentation", as it is put in the book. As a professional couple, we will probably find a place amongst the 20% employed - for as long as the corporate masters need us anyway - should we be willing to follow the new corporate slogan of "if you are awake, you are at work". And as someone who grew up in the so-called "third world", I have seen a few sides of the argument. I would describe the book as "sane" rather than "left-wing". One really has to put into question the value of "democracy" as persued by the Americans and others, on behalf of the large corporations. How much power do central governments really have these days? Thoroughly researched, well written, and informative. A must read.
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To tell the truth of the world economic realities and more
le 25 avril 1998 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have always been dissatisfied with the argument of the present mainstream economics that the free flow of products, know-how and investment will improve the well-being of all our people, including economically disadvantaged populations within our respective countries. On the contrary, the global gigantic investors' blind pursuits of monetary profits have already forced the respective countries to go through the disintegration of the society, collapsing of their own policy-making system, destruction of their sustainable environment, devastating the ground for rational discussion on the direction in which they should go. If you are one of those who feel disgusted at the mainstream economics' disguise like that, this book will turn out to be the greatest relief. This book goes beyond a mere presentation of a possible catastrophe of the world's economic system and build up the moral justification of this discussion. Its development of theories are based on so irrefutable and irrefragable evidences that can't be resisted. I have read the Korean version of this book but the implication of it is always clear : "Don't leave the human society's precious values at the hands of economic lust."
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Globalization as ideological apparatus
le 10 avril 1999 - Publié sur Amazon.com
A thought-provoking insight into the negative repercussions of the phenomenon of globalization, this book debunks quite a few taken-for-granted assumptions about the relationship between the globlization of financial markets and socio-economic welfare. The argument that the various forms that globalization is taking have destabilizing effects on social relationships runs throughout the book, somehow urging the reader thereby to pause at sseveral points in the reading process to re-examine his/her coneptions about globalization and economic growth. The convivial tone in which the the authors make their forceful pronouncements on the subject at hand is highly appreciated; one indeed feels that the authors sort of seek to establish some kind of complicity against the forces of control and domination (no wonder the book was reprinted nine times in Germany and was translated into many languages). It also does so by demystifying the ostensibly neutral developmental aims of corporate business. The socioeconomic havocs that have been wreaked in the name of globalization find ample room in this cogently argued book. A good reference book this is. M. Karimi, Ph.D
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