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The Challenge of Global Capitalism : The World Economy in the 21st Century

Author: Robert Gilpin
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2000
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many individuals proclaim that global capitalism is here to stay. Unfettered markets, they argue, now drive the world, and all countries must adjust, no matter how painful this may be for some. Robert Gilpin, author of the widely acclaimed Political Economy of International Relations (Princeton, 1987), urges us, however, not to take an open and integrated global economy for granted. Rather, we must consider the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Gilpin
ISBN: 9780691186474 0691186472
OCLC Number: 1076397003
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Illustrations --
Preface to the Paperback Edition --
Acknowledgments --
List of Abbreviations --
Introduction. The Fragile Global Economy --
CHAPTER ONE.The Second Great Age of Capitalism --
CHAPTER TWO.The Cold War International Economy --
CHAPTER THREE.The Insecure Trading System --
CHAPTER FOUR. The Unstable Monetary System --
CHAPTER FIVE.Global Financial Vulnerability --
CHAPTER SIX. Age of the Multinational --
CHAPTER SEVEN.European Regional Integration --
CHAPTER EIGHT.American Economic Strategy --
CHAPTER NINE.Asian Regionalism --
CHAPTER TEN.Globalization and Its Discontents --
CHAPTER ELEVEN.Managing the Global Economy --
Notes --
Select Bibliography --
Index
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Many individuals proclaim that global capitalism is here to stay. Unfettered markets, they argue, now drive the world, and all countries must adjust, no matter how painful this may be for some. Robert Gilpin, author of the widely acclaimed Political Economy of International Relations (Princeton, 1987), urges us, however, not to take an open and integrated global economy for granted. Rather, we must consider the political circumstances that have enabled global markets to function and the probability that these conditions will continue. Gilpin's new book amounts to a magisterial inquiry into all major aspects of the contemporary world political economy. Beginning with the 1989 end of the Cold War and the subsequent collapse of communism, it focuses on globalization and rapid technological change and covers a broad sweep of economic developments and political cultures. Gilpin demonstrates the fragility of a global and integrated economy and recommends what can be done to strengthen it. The international community has another chance to solidify the global market economy that collapsed with the outbreak of World War I. Yet, writes Gilpin, the full implications of this historic development for international affairs are not yet clear. Will socialist economies make a successful transition to market-type economies? What role will a dynamic China play in the world economy? Will the United States continue to exercise leadership or gravitate toward self-centered policies? Gilpin explores such questions along with problems in the areas of trade liberalization, multinational corporations, and destabilizing financial flows. He also investigates the struggles of less developed countries and the spread of economic regionalism, particularly in Europe, North America, and Pacific Asia, which directly threatens an open world economy. The author maintains that global capitalism and economic globalization have rested and must continue to rest on a secure political foundation. However, this foundation has eroded since the end of the Soviet threat. To ensure survival of the global economy, Gilpin concludes, the United States and other major powers must recommit themselves to working together to rebuild its weakened political foundations.

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