Why Globalization Works Martin Wolf

Publication date:
10 Jun 2005
Yale University Press
416 pages: 197 x 127mm

A powerful case for the global market economy

The debate on globalization has reached a level of intensity that inhibits comprehension and obscures the issues. In this book a highly distinguished international economist scrupulously explains how globalization works as a concept and how it operates in reality. Martin Wolf confronts the charges against globalization, delivers a devastating critique of each, and offers a realistic scenario for economic internationalism in the future.

Wolf begins by outlining the history of the global economy in the twentieth century and explaining the mechanics of world trade. He dissects the agenda of globalization’s critics, and rebuts the arguments that it undermines sovereignty, weakens democracy, intensifies inequality, privileges the multinational corporation, and devastates the environment. The author persuasively defends the principles of international economic integration, arguing that the biggest obstacle to global economic progress has been the failure not of the market but of politics and government, in rich countries as well as poor. He examines the threat that terrorism poses and maps the way to a global market economy that can work for everyone.

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"Let a splendid new book on globalization be the last for a while: it will not be bettered soon. . . . [A] marvelous new book. . . . Mr. Wolf’s new book, Why Globalization Works, is the fullest and most sophisticated treatment to date of the case for globalization. All the topics he addresses . . . have been addressed elsewhere, but never before with such depth of thinking, and in one place . . . The definitive treatment of the subject, and an absorbing read for anybody with an appetite for moderate intellectual exertion."—Economist

"A powerful addition to the growing literature on globalization. . . . Why Globalization Works . . . should help move the public debate away from whether to be for or against globalization and towards how best to strengthen the working of the global economy."—Stanley Fischer, Financial Times

"Wolf offers a powerful defence of the global market economy."—The Sunday Telegraph

"No one has summarized more coherently the recent, voluminous research. . . . Elegantly and persuasively, Wolf marshals the facts."—Niall Ferguson, Sunday Telegraph

"Wolf is always thoughtful, and mainly readable."—David Smith, The Sunday Times

"Accessible and clearly argued. . . . A wealth of material on every page."—Bruce Bartlett, Wall Street Journal

"A powerful book."—Washington Post

"[Why Globalization Works] is a necessary and compelling read for all who want to understand the logic of unfolding events."—Robert Skidelsky, New Statesman

"Why Globalization Works . . . is a meticulous, well-structured and persuasive contribution to one of the great issues of our times."—Martin Vander Weyer, The Spectator

Received rating of "Outstanding" from the 2005 University Press Books Committee

"This brilliant book should be read by anyone who cares about the future of the developing world—that is, anyone who cares about the future. Wolf’s book will be the definitive statement of the case for market-based globalization."—Lawrence Summers, President, Harvard University

"Wolf provides not just a devastating intellectual critique of the opponents of globalization, but a civilised, wise and optimistic view of our economic and political future. It is vital that his message be widely read and understood."—Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England

"As Wolf slices and dices both the critics and the cheerleaders of economic globalization, he offers a deeply reasoned and cogently explained case for its inevitability. A definitive analysis."—Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University