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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for International Economics (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881322415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881322415
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Seldom can one find an economist whose sensitivity to political and social issues coexist in perfect harmony with a technically impecable background. Rodrik is one such rare creature. His book addresses the issue of globalization, defying economic theories and pointing straight to the problem: globalization engenders social instability, that in turn unables financial/economic stability to be sustained. Accoridng to Rodrik, unless attention is given to the "lossers" of this process, protectionism may strike back. Rodrik is successful in showing that globalization is NOT "the end of history", and should not be taken for granted.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "alps34" on October 19, 2000
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This is an excellent book that dwells in to the effects of globalization, related issues and potential solutions. It discusses social issues and policies within the context of globalization. It also dwells in to the issues related to labor standards and income distribution. Rodrik presents good solutions but they are debatable and not easy to implement.
I feel that Rodrik discusses solely from the perspectives of industrialized nations' interests. I would have liked him to explore more from the perspectives of under developed/developing nations'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Knudsen on March 6, 2011
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This is the book you need if you want to be able to justify an inner sense that "something's wrong in Denmark" with the economic models that prove it. Shortly before protesters scuttled the trade talks in 1998 in Seattle, Rodrik, part of the Harvard establishment at the time, set down in this short 1997 pamphlet the reasons economic theory explains and justifies such social discontent.

He even graphs it.

Rodrik locates just where on those economic graphs the causes of social discontent can be predicted to arise through the very economic models that were being used to dismiss the validity of the protesters' concerns at the time. Blending political science and economic theory, his approach is that of an economist speaking to economists in their own language, even though the topic of conversation was all too rare at the time. The result is an argument that is much more difficult to dismiss as "naive" and "misguided" than the incendiary placards and 10-foot puppets of the street theater protesters were.

It is an engaging book, but you will need some understanding of economic theory and a nerdy love of 2-axis graphs and empirical comparative analysis to fully appreciate what it has to offer.

Rodrik's basic argument is that the economic globalization of trade & capital flows may create overall growth; however, it also creates the demand for policies that offset its negative effects, which include a 1) increased vulnerability of workers (working & middle class) in a policy environment of mobile capital and immobile labor; 2) a heightened demand for state social protections as economies open more fully to trade (backed by empirical correlative analysis); 3) the weakened ability of states to create a tax base to support such protections in the face of mobile capital, and 3) policy suggestions to address these issues.

A tremendous book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neel Aroon on January 8, 2002
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It seems that over the past few years, the topic of globilization aond free trade have become hot topics because of events like the WTO protests in Seattle, the World Bank protests in DC and Ralph Nader's run for the presidency in 1996 and 2000.
Has globilization gone too far? is a good source for those people trying to find out more about the issue because it shows what happens under globilization both theoritically and in real life. It presents the arguements against free trade and the problems associated it with it like loss of jobs and capital outflows so it is good to understand the oposing view.
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