Discusses the many facets of globalization and its feasible reform in easy-to-understand language.
Is it possible to harness the benefits of economic globalization without sacrificing social equity, ecological sustainability, and democratic governance? The first edition of Civilizing Globalization (2003) explored this question at a time of widespread popular discontent. This fully revised and expanded edition comes at an equally crucial juncture. The period of relative stability and prosperity in the world economy that followed the release of the first edition ended abruptly in 2008 with a worldwide economic crisis that illustrated in dramatic fashion the enduring problems with our global order. Yet despite the gravity of the challenges, concrete initiatives for change remain insubstantial. Richard Sandbrook and Ali Burak Güven bring together international scholars and veteran activists to discuss in clear, nontechnical language the innovative political strategies, participatory institutional frameworks, and feasible regulatory designs capable of taming global markets so that they assume the role of useful servants rather than tyrannical masters.
Richard Sandbrook is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His many books include Social Democracy in the Global Periphery: Origins, Challenges, Prospects (coauthored with Marc Edelman, Patrick Heller, and Judith Teichman). Ali Burak Güven is Lecturer in International Relations and International Political Economy at Birkbeck, University of London.
"Civilizing Globalization develops a social democratic vision of globalization and global governance for the twenty-first century. The book presents a powerful case for regulating global markets so that the economy serves society and the environment, not the reverse. It is a wonderful contribution by an eminent group of scholars. " — Ziya Öniş, Koç University