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"The book allows us to approach different perspectives on the many challenges faced by states, IOs, governments and individual citizens as they come to terms with the undesirable consequences of globalization in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The absence of national public policies with global perspectives means that these societies are left without adequate institutional frameworks to respond to organized transnational crime."
- Antonio Alejo Jaime, (translation of) Revista Espaňola de Ciencia Política #29, July 2012, pp.183-186.

"The co-editors of this slim volume, Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur ... have rendered great service by bringing together eminent scholars and columnists from all the continents who have presented compact and readable contributions relating to the impact of the dark forces of globalisation around the world."
- Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, The Hindu

"The central thread running through the book is that while globalisation has brought benefits to many and even brought poverty down in places, it isn't a panacea for the world's ills. In fact, it may have contributed to the rise of more ills than there were in the decades before globalisation"
- Dhiraj Nayyar, India Today

"The authors start from the premise that globalisation unleashes negative forces which create what they define as "uncivil society". The term encompasses "a wide range of disruptive and threatening elements" which have become "transnationalised" and are beyond the effective control of the nation state. For the Caribbean the key challenge is how do small states mediate the encounter with these disruptive forces."
- Richard Bernal, Jamaica Observer

"Whilst not denying the opportunities brought to the world by globalization, the authors try to shed light on the fact that there are less visible, but extremely dangerous, consequences such as terrorism, insurgency and all types of illicit trafficking. Though these phenomena are not entirely new to the world, they now use sophisticated and advanced technologies to exploit the weaknesses of governments and international organizations."
- Laura-Anca Parepa, University of Tsukuba

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"This remarkably fine book constitutes the elegant bridge between academic theorizing about globalization and the inspired anecdotage of Thomas Friedman."
- Tom Farer, University Professor and past Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
"Timed just right! This book will be welcome reading in classrooms and policy circles worldwide in which globalization is a problem as well as a solution to the ongoing financial and economic crisis. All aspects of the issue are dissected by an unusual group of contributors. These international voices are not the usual suspects. Indispensable reading for anyone who wants to understand the full range of contents and discontents caused by globalization."
- Thomas G. Weiss, Director, Ralph Bunche Institute of International Studies, CUNY, and past president, International Studies Association
"An excellent collection that breaks away from conventional thinking to address globalization's unsavory elements."
- Diana Tussie, FLACSO, Argentina

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press (January 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9280811940
  • ISBN-13: 978-9280811940
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jorge Heine holds the Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). From 2006 to 2009 he served as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), whose XXI World Congress of Political Science, the largest ever, with 2450 participants from 75 countries, was held in his native Santiago in July 2009.

From 2003 to 2007 he was Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and served previously (1994-1999) as Ambassador to South Africa. He has also served as a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister in the Chilean Government. He has been a Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, and the Pablo Neruda Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Paris.

He is author, co-author or editor of thirteen books and has published some ninety journal articles and book chapters. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune.He was the first ambassador to present credentials to President Nelson Mandela. In 1997 and 1998, Johannesburg's leading daily, The Star, listed him among the 100 most influential personalities in South Africa.

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By Rocha on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Dark Side of Globalization is a very original contribution to the already extensive library on globalization. Most of the current books on the subject are written by economists who undoubtedly stress economic factors over all other variables, emphasizing the more positive aspects of the phenomenon. Yet for anyone that follows closely world events, the increase in international criminal activity, terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking among other negative developments is also a product of globalization, albeit a very unwelcome one. The editors effectively bring together an excellent collection of authors who through their essays on each one of these subjects paint a very realistic picture on how globalization has indeed a very dark side. In that regard, this is a very timely book, which undoubtedly will contribute to a much more profound and comprehensive understanding of globalization, its apologists and its discontents. This a book worth reading. I strongly recommend it.
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