Civilizing Globalization, Revised and Expanded Edition

A Survival Guide

Edited by Richard Sandbrook & Ali Burak Güven

Subjects: Political Economy, International Relations, Peace, Geography
Series: SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory
Paperback : 9781438452104, 372 pages, January 2015
Hardcover : 9781438452098, 372 pages, June 2014

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Envisioning a Civilized Globalization
Ali Burack Güven and Richard Sandbrook
Part I: Globalization: Encounters and Trends
1. The Economics of Globalization: Making Sense of the Conflicting Claims
Albert Berry
2. Crisis and the East-South Turn
Jan Nederveen Pieterse
3. The European Union, Globalization, and the Problem of Legitimacy
Dermot Hodson
4. Struggling with the Social Challenges of Globalization: Mexico, Chile, and South Korea
Judith Teichman
5. Poverty, Inequality, and Liberalization: A Tale of Two Indias
Mitu Sengupta
6. Globalization and Culture Wars: The Case of India
Anil Mathew Varughese
Part II: Devising Political Strategies for Civilizing Globalization
7. Paths to Civilizing Globalization
Robert O’Brien
8. How to Engage Globalization?
James H. Mittelman
9. Constructing Counter-Hegemonic Globalization: Braiding Mobilization and Linking Levels
Peter B. Evans
10. Globalization-from-Below: An Innovative Politics of Resistance
Richard A. Falk
Part III: Recasting Democracy and Transnational Cooperation
11. The Democratic State in a Global Economy
Louis W. Pauly
12. Democracy and Globalization
Frank Cunningham
13. The IMF and the World Bank: Meeting New Challenges
Ali Burak Güven
14. Development Assistance as if Poverty Really Matters
Cranford Pratt
Part IV: Regulating Markets for a Civilized Globalization
15. When Very Little Is Already Too Much: The Struggle for International Labor Standards
Frank Hoffer
16. Transnational Unionism in the Global South
Robert Lambert and Edward Webster
17. Protecting the Environment from Trade Agreements
Michelle Swenarchuk and Scott Sinclair
18. Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Future
Rodney R. White and Joseph Whitney
19. Financial Transactions Taxation: Curbing Speculation, Funding Global Public Goods
Joy Kennedy
20. Arts and Culture in World Trade: Promoting Cultural Diversity
Garry Neil
Conclusion: The Left, Globalization, and the Future
Richard Sandbrook

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