Ideas for a New World Economy
This is a short and trenchant history of the organizations – the World Bank, IMF, WTO, and Group of Seven – which have promoted economic globalization and which are now trying to manage the unmanageable. Walden Bello points to their manifest failings, seen in recurrent financial crises, the ever widening gulf between developing and industrialized countries, the persistence of gross inequalities and mass poverty. He examines new ideas for reforming world economic management, and argues that a much more fundamental and radical shift of direction is required.
Myth, Reality and Alternatives
There are many ideas for alternative ways of organizing world trade and increasing the development chances for poor countries. Free Trade explains the case for free trade; the critiques; and how free trade policies work in practice. It introduces powerful and increasingly high profile new ideas for greater self-reliance and alternative development. Readers can see how it is possible to create economic policies that really address poverty and inequality, and that also take into account the environment, culture and human rights.
Learning Lessons for Better Democracy
Porto Alegre presents an apparent alternative to the world. With its experiment in participative budgetmaking over the past decade, this city has institutionalised the direct democratic involvement, locality by locality, of ordinary citizens in deciding spending priorities.
50 Questions about World Debt
This book explains in a simple but precise manner how and why the debt impasse for developing countries has arrived. Illustrated with figures, maps and tables, it details the roles of the actors involved and the mesh in which indebted countries are caught. It explains scenarios for getting out of this impasse and alternatives to future indebtedness. It also sets out the arguments–moral, political, economic, legal and environmental–for a wholesale cancellation of developing countries’ external debt, while proposing new ways of financing development at both local and international levels. A comprehensive, up-to-date and radical guide, Who Owes Who? provides clear, practical arguments for students of development, activists and educators.
Budgeting as if People Mattered
Alternative budgets are becoming an increasingly popular form of political action both in Canada and internationally. They are a means of advancing an alternative social and economic perspective to the neo-conservative agenda of slashing social services, reducing the role of the government and cutting taxes for the rich, all in the name of “necessity.” Alternative budgets demonstrate that there really are more enlightened alternatives which are, at the same time, fiscally responsible. They show that budgets can be pro-poor, pro-women and pro-environment. They can also represent an important form of democratic activity as ordinary people are encouraged to participate and contribute. This book outlines the basics of budgeting, examines both the technical and the political content of budgets, and how balanced budget legislation imposes fiscal constraints on governments.
An Introduction to Political Economy
These days almost anyone is bound to be depressed by the litany of economic woes we are told are besieging Canada. At the same time, mainstream economists, politicians and business leaders claim that workers’ wages must fall, the social safety net must be stripped away, taxes must be cut and environmental regulations must be relaxed. “There Is No Alternative” if Canada is to be competitive.
Understanding Predatory Globalisation
This book explains the global economy and uncovers the facts behind the hype. Globalisation is not a vehicle without a driver, or an irresistible and inevitable force of nature, as political leaders and pundits would have us believe. Juggernaut Politics identifies the actual institutions and people controlling the system and explains how the globalisation machine really works. It exposes the hidden face of the unregulated global market and its unequal trade treaties and domination by big money. The players that benefit are the transnational corporations, the super-managers and subservient politicians but also the ideologists who justify and defend the system – the free market economists and media pundits propagating the Globalisation Creed. What has been ignored is the will of people who recognize that the benefits of globalisation do not include them and that these people would begin to hold political leaders more and more accountable.
An Introduction to Economics
This book offers the reader an opportunity to learn about the major ideas of formal, classical microeconomics. It allows the reader to put a critical perspective on economics and their immediate and long-term impact on people. The theoretical “free market” model, as it was understood and described by the early liberal economists, is compared with the functioning of the “real” market today. The state intervenes to strengthen or weaken the power of some of the major economic actors such as households, businesses and organized labour, and to protect those who are completely excluded from the market.
Health and Welfare in Four Canadian Provinces
The fundamental principles of the social economy are solidarity, democratic organization of work, and user and community participation. Based on a three-year study carried out by researchers at the Université du Québec ” Montréal, Université de Moncton, the University of Ottawa and the University of Regina, the essays here testify to the value and diversity of the social economy sector in four Canadian provinces. Researchers explore the realities of the third sector in the fields of health and welfare in changing social and economic conditions. Authors of Social Economy argue that the crisis of the welfare state is an opportunity for the development and growth of a solidarity-based economic model involving new relationships between the social economy sector, the state, the market and the informal economy.
Debating the Future of the Global Market Economy
There is a deep unease is growing over the direction of modern society. Christian Comeliau, a well-known French economist, argues that understanding the historical logic of modernity must start with the economy, but that constructive discussion of the future must look at economics within the framework of society’s goals and the limits of Nature.