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Globalization 1st Edition

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"Boudreaux focuses on globalization, leading readers through terms, arguments, counterarguments, institutions, and a discussion of the impact of a global economy on the US and other countries….Free market arguments prevail in this work, but that is consistent with the feelings of most economists who study the issues objectively. Recommended. General readers; all levels of undergraduate students." - Choice

"No contemporary economic issue is as subject to misunderstanding, fear-mongering and polarised debate as globalization. In this superb explosition, couched in crystal-clear prose that can be grasped with ease, American academic Donald Boudreaux makes the case for a global trade in goods and services. Covers a crucial subject and deserves as wide a readership as possible." - Metro

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Donald J. Boudreaux is Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University, where he teaches courses in international economics and policy, law and business, and macro- and microeconomics. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Economics at Clemson University, and Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and has also served as an Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the Cornell Law School. He has lectured in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe, on a wide variety of topics, including the nature of law, antitrust law and economics, and international trade. He has published in The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, The Washington Times, The Journal of Commerce, as well as several scholarly journals, book reviews, and contributions to books, scholarly websites, and encyclopedias.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press; 1st edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031334213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313342134
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OK so most people know if they are pro or anti globalisation, but everyone should read this book; it's authoritative, short, clear, and knocks the anti camp out for ten; read it! the chapter on the balance of payments deficit should be compulsory reading for every politician and political/economic journalist before they are allowed to open their mouths on the subject! Don said on econtalk the price was outside his control but he wished it was cheaper, so do i, then it could be set text for my students.
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I've read several recent books on globalization while planning an economic geography course, and this is the best-written. In particular, Boudreaux presents exactly the right amount of detail for beginning students (and for anyone else who wants to understand the subject without taking a year of economics beforehand). A course on globalization would require additional readings -- I'd supplement it with chapters from Global Shift, by Peter Dicken, among other things -- but this book is the best core text on the subject.
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This is simply a wonderful textbook. I teach a college class in international business and have used the most popular undergraduate textbook for years, gradually coming to the conclusion that there was a lot of extraneous material in it, and that it had the standard flaw of college textbooks: students come away having been introduced to lots of theories, but with no understanding of their relative importance. For example, they could graduate with a business degree and not understand capitalism or comparative advantage.

This book, on the other hand (as another reviewer wrote), doesn't waste a word or a picture (most textbooks are cluttered) and focuses on what matters. Every word is worth reading, and if Boudreaux includes a graph it's worth 10,000 words. The students are thrilled with how short it is, at the beginning, and then they start to find the surprises and learn that many of their previous ideas are simply wrong. (This has come to be my definition of education.)

And teaching this book has re-energized me!
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Professor Boudreaux has written an excellent guide for someone wishing to understand globalization. The book is concise, yet thorough and Dr. Boudreaux's text is polished and interesting. This text would be useful even for those with limited understanding of economic principles as Boudreaux excels at simplifying material that others try to make more confusing than it actually is. He is a down to earth teacher whose goal is to help you understand, not an ivory tower pinhead whose goal is to inflate his own ego by leaving you wondering how anyone can understand this stuff.
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