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The Washington Consensus Reconsidered: Towards a New Global Governance [Hardcover]

Narcis Serra , Joseph E. Stiglitz
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May 6 2008 019953408X 978-0199534081 1
This volume brings together many of the leading international figures in development studies, such as Jose Antonio Ocampo, Paul Krugman, Dani Rodrik, Joseph Stiglitz, Daniel Cohen, Olivier Blanchard, Deepak Nayyer and John Williamson to reconsider and propose alternative development policies to the Washington Consensus. Covering a wide range of issues from macro-stabilization to trade and the future of global governance, this important volume makes a real contribution to this important and ongoing debate. The volume begins by introducing the Washington Consensus, discussing how it was originally formulated, what it left out, and how it was later interpreted, and sets the stage for a formulation of a new development framework in the post-Washington Consensus era. It then goes on to analyze and offer differing perspectives and potential solutions to a number of key development issues, some which were addressed by the Washington Consensus and others which were not. The volume concludes by looking toward formulating new policy frameworks and offers possible reforms to the current system of global governance.

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Excellent Richard Blackhurst, World Trade Review, Volume 8/2 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Narcis Serra is the President of the CIDOB Foundation. During this time, he has been the driving force behind the creation of the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI), which was founded with the desire to make Barcelona a centre of reference in the study of this discipline. Currently, he is the President of Caixa Catalunya and Chairman of the Board of the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC). He has previously served as Mayor of Barcelona, was Spanish Minister of Defence in the Government of Felipe Gonzalez, and in 1991, he was named Vice President of the Spanish Government. From 1986 until 2004, Narcis Serra was a Deputy for Barcelona in the Spanish Congress. Joseph E. Stiglitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001 and is University Professor at Columbia University where he founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue in 2000. He was Chair of President Bill Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors from 1995-97 and Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000.His best known recent publications include 'Making Globalization Work' (2006), 'Fair Trade for All' (2005), 'Globalization and its Discontents' (2002) and 'The Roaring Nineties' (2003).

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Good and the Bad Jan. 19 2009
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Contrary to the title, this collection of essays about neoliberalization, otherwise referred to as "The Washington Consensus" is not just an anti-neoliberal polemic. The collection includes essays that defend it, and in fact define its doctrine in more concrete terms.

The book is therefore difficult to summarize as each individual essay has their own thesis, writing style, arguments, etc... The authors, to each their own, are some of the leading economic theorists of our time, including but not limited to John Williamson, Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Jeffrey Frankel and more.

If you want to learn more about the macroeconomic theory behind the Friedman style economics, beyond the coles notes version you get in popular books like the "Shock Doctrine" of Naomi Klein, than this book is for you.
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