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Globalization and Anti-Globalization

David Held, Anthony McGrew
Polity Press (July 2002)

What is globalization? Why does it elicit such intense political controversy? Is it creating a runaway world or can globalization be tamed? This succinct analysis provides a key to understanding one of the most important debates of our times. 

At the heart of this debate are conflicting accounts of how our world is changing and whether such change is to be welcomed or resisted. On one hand, there are the globalists, who argue that the world is being fundamentally and irreversibly transformed by globalization. The fate of national communities is, they hold, increasingly dominated by regional and global forces. For some, this transformation brings with it significant costs and requires rethinking of many of our cherished values,- such as equality, liberty and democracy. On the other hand, there are the sceptics, who believe that the globalists' claims are exaggerated. The sceptics content that the power of national governments and nationalism remain the determining features of our age. Rather than a global age, the world remains the captive of geopolitics and the struggle for power.

Globalization and Anti-Globalization reflects on the central questions of political life posed by the great globalization debate, namely: who rules, in whose interests, to what ends, and by what means? It is a guide for all those intrigued, confused or simply baffled by globalization.


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