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Alternatives to Economic Globalization, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Written by a premier group of 21 thinkers from around the world, the second edition of Alternatives to Economic Globalization lays out democratic, ecologically sound, socially just alternatives to corporate globalization more fully, specifically, and thoughtfully than has ever been done before. Focusing on constructive, achievable goals, the authors present ten governing principles for establishing truly sustainable societies and describe alternatives to the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO that would better serve the needs of the planet. They offer detailed proposals for protecting vital goods and services from corporate exploitation, limiting corporate privileges and power, rebuilding economies to make them more responsive to human needs, and more.
This revised and expanded edition features a new opening chapter on the global balance of power, a new section on the media and globalization, and a new final chapter on what ordinary citizens can do to fight the injustices of globalization. It also includes many new charts, sidebars, and other updated information.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Boxes
  5. Preface to the Second Edition
    1. A Living Document
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. A Note on Sources
  6. Introduction Turning Point
    1. Cancun: The Outbreak of Democracy
    2. Miami: Regime Change in Latin America
    3. Iraq: The Failure of Empire
    4. New Awakenings
  7. Part One A SYSTEM IN CRISIS
    1. Chapter One Conflicting Worldviews
      1. Different Worlds
      2. Economic Democracy
      3. Momentum for Change
    2. Chapter Two Design for Corporate Rule
      1. Key Ingredients of the Globalization Model
      2. Beneficiaries of Economic Globalization
      3. The Role of the Media
    3. Chapter Three The Unholy Trinity The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization
      1. The World Bank
      2. The International Monetary Fund
      3. The World Trade Organization
      4. Proposals
  8. Part Two ALTERNATIVES IN ACTION
    1. Chapter Four Ten Principles for Sustainable Societies
      1. Core Principles
      2. Applying the Principles to Globalization
    2. Chapter Five Reclaiming the Commons What Should Be Off-Limits to Globalization?
      1. Understanding the Commons
      2. Current Threats to the Commons
      3. The Tradition of the Commons
      4. Threats to the Modern Commons
      5. Three Proposals to Reempower the Commons
    3. Chapter Six Subsidiarity Recalling Power from the Global
      1. Understanding Subsidiarity
      2. The Road to the Local
      3. Investment and Finance Issues
      4. Response to Critics of Subsidiarity
    4. Chapter Seven Alternative Operating Systems (1)
      1. Energy Systems
      2. Transportation Systems
      3. Manufacturing Systems
      4. Standards of Measurement
    5. Chapter Eight Alternative Operating Systems (2)
      1. Agriculture and Food Systems
      2. Global Media
      3. People’s Alternative Initiatives
  9. Part Three GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
    1. Chapter Nine Corporate Structure and Power
      1. Corporate Structure Today
      2. Citizen Actions Against Corporate Power
      3. Ending Corporate–State Collusion
      4. Toward Alternative Business Structures
    2. Chapter Ten New International Structures
      1. A Review of the Current Situation
      2. Essential Rules of a Just and Sustainable International Trade and Finance System
      3. Restructuring the Institutional Framework
      4. Strengthening the Countervailing Powers of the U.N. System
      5. Creating New Global Institutions
    3. Chapter Eleven Global to Local What You Can Do
      1. Steps You Can Take as a Consumer
      2. Steps You Can Take as a Worker
      3. Steps You Can Take as a Depositor and Investor
      4. Steps You Can Take as a Citizen
  10. Resources Groups Working Toward Alternatives to Economic Globalization
  11. Resources Useful Tools and Indicators
  12. Sources
  13. Index
  14. About the Authors
  15. About the International Forum on Globalization (IFG)
  16. Berrett-Koehler Publishers