Global Finance New Thinking on Regulating Speculative Capital Markets edited by Walden Bello, Nicola Bullard and Kamal Malhotra ISBN 984 05 1549 7 2000 156pp 215x136mm HB Tk.375.00 US$23.00
In this important policy-and campaign-relevant book, economists, intellectuals and NGO leaders from both North and South confront what has now become the central issue of the new globalized world economy. Ever since the Asian crisis of 1997 threatened a chain-reaction of economic destabilization, governments, the IMF, even the G7, and even George Soros, have concluded that something needs to be done. This volume examines the range of different ideas and approaches they have come up with. Among the issues examined are:
• How do we go about renewing the process of governance of the global economy?
• Can the IMF be reformed?
• Do we need a new World Financial Authority?
• Is there a case for capital controls?
• Could an international bankruptcy procedure be set up for countries, emulating the US’s Chapter 11 for companies? Is the Tobin Tax on foreign currency transactions part of the solution? What effective steps need to be taken in relation to the most deeply indebted countries?
Contributors include Walden Bello, John Cavanagh, Susan George, Carlos Fortin, Martin Khor, Rodney Schmidt and others. They set their suggestions in the context of understanding what has happened during the past two decades of neo-liberalism’s hegemonic position over economic thinking and policy. And they put up for discussion a fundamental recasting of economic institutions and strategies on the basis of democratically controlled, environmentally compatible alternative lines.
Walden Bello is Director of Focus on the Global South and heads its Global and Regional Paradigms programme. He is Professor of Sociology and Public Administration at the University of the Philippines in Manila and is the author of numerous books, including ‘The Siamese Tragedy: Development and Disintegration in Modern Thailand (Zed Books, 1998), Dragons in Distress (Food First, 1990) and Dark Victory: the United States, Structural Adjustment and Global Poverty (Food First, 1994).
Nicola Bullard is Deputy Director of Focus on the Global South. She has worked extensively with non-government organisations and trade unions.
Kamal Malhotra was Co-Director of Focus on the Global South, 1994-9, and is currently a Senior Adviser in the Social Policy and Poverty Eradication Division of the United Nations Development Programme.