Localization: A Global Manifesto

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Earthscan, 2000 - Business & Economics - 290 pages
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Localization is a manifesto to unite all those who recognize the importance of cultural, social and ecological diversity for our future - and who do not aspire to a monolithic global consumer culture. It is a passionate and persuasive polemic, challenging the claims that we have to be 'internationally competitive' to survive and describing the destructive consequences of globalization. This book is unique in going beyond simply criticizing free trade and globalization trends. It details self-reinforcing policies to create local self-sufficiency and shows clearly that there is an alternative to globalization - to protect the local, globally.
 

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Contents

Globalization What it is and the Damage it Does
3
History and WTO Enforcing of Comparative Advantage
9
Theory and Attempted Enforcement of Capital Advantage
17
From Globalization to Localization A Potential Rallying Call
27
Localization Increasing Community Renewal
37
Protect the Local Globally A Route to Localization
62
Localizing Production and Dismantling Transnational Companies
68
Localizing Capital
79
A Localist Wakeup Call to Political Activists
169
Failure to Adequately Challenge Globalization Social Services Unions and Culture
176
Localizing International Development
186
Localizing Food Security
209
The WTO and the Environment
218
Localization will Bale Out the Market
237
Answers to Some Criticisms of the Protect the Local Globally Form of Localization
242
Making Money to Fund Employment a Citizens Income and the Shift to Localization
246

A Localist Competition Policy
98
Taxes for Localization
108
Democratic Localism
118
Trade and Aid for Localization
130
Growing Opposition
151
Globalization Destroying Jobs Increasing Deflation
157
A Global Manifesto
256
Notes and References
265
Suggested Reading
284
Index
285
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COLIN HINES is a Fellow of the International Forum on Globalization, former head of Greenpeace's International Economics Unit and co-author of The New Protectionism: Protecting the Future Against Free Trade.

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