Globalizers lose their faith
Even former proponents full of doubt as crises ripple through system built on shaky pillars.
by Dani Rodrik, Toronto Star
July 23, 2008 — The world economy has seen globalization collapse once already. The gold standard era with its free capital mobility and open trade came to an abrupt end in 1914 and could not be resuscitated after World War I. Are we about to witness a similar global economic breakdown?
The question is not fanciful. Although economic globalization has enabled unprecedented levels of prosperity in advanced countries and has been a boon to hundreds of millions of poor workers in China and elsewhere in Asia, it rests on shaky pillars.
Unlike national markets, which tend to be supported by domestic regulatory and political institutions, global markets are only "weakly embedded." There is no global anti-trust authority, no global lender of last resort, no global regulator, no global safety nets and, of course, no global democracy.
In other words, global markets suffer from weak governance, and therefore from weak popular legitimacy. . .
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Globalizers lose their faith, by Dani Rodrik, Toronto Star, July 23, 2008
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