Summary of Inequality, Globalization and World Politics

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Inequality, Globalization and World Politics book summary


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Essays compiled by editors Andrew Hurrell and Ngaire Woods examine globalization’s current inequalities and prospects for future justice and injustice. Each selection looks at a different aspect of these issues, with contributors primarily reviewing history, analyzing each topic, and avoiding hard prescriptions. Where they do offer proposals, the ideas are carefully reasoned, modest, and practical. Many chapters’ concepts overlap, emphasizing the interconnections among these issues. The writing varies from straightforward to academic, but the book is readable, avoids jargon, and argues clearly. Copious endnotes help the reader find more information. getAbstract recommends this book to those interested in international economic and trade policy, economic and social justice, international policies, and the new global economy’s changing power structures.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the inexorable march of globalization has had negative consequences in many countries;
  • Why women are still largely denied equal rights; and
  • How globalization affects social policy and security.

About the Authors

Andrew Hurrell is a Fellow in International Relations at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Ngaire Woods is a Fellow in Politics at University College, University of Oxford.



Charles Oman: Defining Globalization
Globalization is the accelerated growth of economic activity that crosses boundaries that are politically defined, whether international or regional. Financial globalization has weakened national sovereignty. Globalization also is causing growing inequality...

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