Why Globalization Works

Martin Wolf

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June 10, 2005
416 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
ISBN: 9780300107777
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A distinguished international economist here offers a powerful defense of the global market economy. Martin Wolf explains how globalization works, critiques the charges against it, argues that the biggest obstacle to global economic progress has been the failure not of the market but of governments, and offers a realistic scenario for economic internationalism in the post-9/11 age. For this paperback edition, Wolf provides a new introduction to update the debate.

“Splendid. . . . The definitive treatment of the subject, and an absorbing read.”—Economist
“Accessible and clearly argued. . . . A wealth of material on every page.”—Bruce Bartlett, Wall Street Journal
"[Written by] one of the world’s most respected economic journalists, . . .this elegant and passionate defense of trade liberalization is essential reading."—Arvind Panagariya, Foreign Affairs
"A powerful book."—Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post
“No one has summarised more coherently the recent, voluminous research. . . . Elegantly and persuasively, Wolf marshals the facts.”—Niall Ferguson, Sunday Telegraph
“A necessary and compelling read for all who want to understand the logic of unfolding events.”—Robert Skidelsky, New Statesman

Martin Wolf is associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times in London. Formerly senior economist at the World Bank’s division for international trade, he has worked in Kenya, Zambia, and India. He has been visiting professor at Oxford, Nottingham, and Rotterdam Universities and fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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“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

“Great book.”—Books-On-Line

“Martin Wolf’s Why Globalization Works is one of the rare comprehensive books that convincingly oppose the rising tide of anti-globalization publications.”—Louis Gerber, cosmopolis.com

“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

“One of the world’s most respected economic journalists . . . offers a patient and persuasive refutation of many of the arguments most frequently marshaled by critics of trade liberalization. . . . Wolf’s book offers a series of highly effective rejoinders to the main criticisms marshaled by opponents of globalization. For those of us concerned with one of the most far-reaching issues of our time, this elegant and passionate defense of trade liberalization is essential reading.”—Arvind Panagariya, Foreign Affairs

"A splendid overview of the global economic challenges of today. It is informed, careful in its dissection of the arguments and well written. . . . Essential reading for those who would like to understand the real problems facing us."—Stephen Green, International Affairs

 

"Part of what makes Why Globalization Works such an excellent read is Wolf's ability to process a wide array of scholarly literature in multiple disciplines and make it accessible to a non-academic reader. . . . Why Globalization Works is a wonderful alchemy of accessible prose and academic rigor."—Daniel W. Drezner, International Journal

“[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

 

"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

"Why Globalization works is an excellent defence of globalization."—The Complete Review

“Wolf is always thoughtful, and mainly readable.”—David Smith, The Sunday Times (London)

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

"Wolf's tome can provide value for anyone engaged in the field of international law, particularly economic law, because of the keen insight he offers."—Steve Charnovitz, The American Journal of International Law

"Wolf writes in a clear, direct, and generally measured way, and his book provides the best introduction to and defense of globalization currently available."—David Singh Grewal, Ethics and International Affairs

"A powerful book."—Washington Post

“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

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