Six Faces of Globalization – Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters

Anthea Roberts, Nicolas Lamp
Harvard University Press, 2021
Level: advanced
Perspective: Other
Topic: Globalization & International Economic Relations, North-South Relations & Development
page count: 400 pages
ISBN: 9780674245952

Blurb

An essential guide to the intractable public debates about the virtues and vices of economic globalisation, cutting through the complexity to reveal the fault lines that divide us and the points of agreement that might bring us together. Globalisation has lifted millions out of poverty. Globalisation is a weapon the rich use to exploit the poor. Globalisation builds bridges across national boundaries. Globalisation fuels the populism and great-power competition that is tearing the world apart. When it comes to the politics of free trade and open borders, the opposing sides are dug in, producing a kaleidoscope of claims and counterclaims, unlikely alliances, and unexpected foes. But what exactly are we fighting about? And how might we approach these issues more productively? Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp cut through the confusion with an indispensable survey of the interests, logics, and ideologies driving these intractable debates, which lie at the heart of so much political dispute and decision making. The authors expertly guide us through six competing narratives about the virtues and vices of globalisation: the old establishment view that globalisation benefits everyone (win-win), the pessimistic belief that it threatens us all with pandemics and climate change (lose-lose), along with various rival accounts that focus on specific winners and losers, from China to America's rust belt. Instead of picking sides, Six Faces of Globalization gives all these positions their due, showing how each deploys sophisticated arguments and compelling evidence. Both globalisation's boosters and detractors will come away with their eyes opened. By isolating the fundamental value conflicts of growth versus sustainability, efficiency versus social stability and showing where rival narratives converge, Roberts and Lamp provide a holistic framework for understanding current debates. In doing so, they showcase a more integrative way of thinking about complex problems.

Book summary

Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters, written by Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp is an essential guide to the intractable public debates about the virtues and vices of economic globalization, cutting through the complexity to reveal the fault lines that divide us and the points of agreement that might bring us together. 

Comment from our editors:

An ideal type of a pluralistic book. Instead of arguing for one specific interpretation of a complex phenomenon, the authors present six different views on globalisation. Roberts and Lamp carefully balance the different perspectives, presenting the merits of each. On a further level of reflection about their work, they argue for the value of multi-perspectivity. They use the metaphor of "foxes" versus "hedgehogs", via which the philosopher Isaiah Berlin 1953 famously contrasted the two approaches of either knowing "many things" versus "one big thing". (for background on the metaphora: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hedgehog_and_the_Fox) Also note the insightful review of the book by J. Kroncke: Kroncke, J. (2022). Empathy as Pragmatism: Facing the Challenges of Globalization in a Polarized World

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Ce projet est le fruit du travail des membres du réseau international pour le pluralisme en économie, dans la sphère germanophone (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.) et dans la sphère francophone (Rethinking Economics Switzerland / Rethinking Economics Belgium / PEPS-Économie France). Nous sommes fortement attachés à notre indépendance et à notre diversité et vos dons permettent de le rester ! 

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