How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy

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PublicAffairs, Apr 8, 2008 - Political Science - 384 pages
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A debate is taking place over what values should define the international order. For global elites, it is a debate about how to rule the world: a conflict between one vision of global order based on U.S. empire and another based on an expanding, corporate-controlled global economy. These visions are not entirely distinct. How to Rule the World explains how they overlap and also how, at critical moments, they clash with one another. The book is written, however, not from the perspective of power, but from the perspective of those who believe the world should be governed according to principles of democratic participation and self-determination. Mark Engler explains how the Bush administration has reshaped globalization in ways that will affect us for years to come. Such changes have created a setting that few protesters in Seattle or elsewhere could have foreseen: Global trade talks are collapsing. International institutions that drew protests, like the IMF and the World Bank, face uncertain futures. Moreover, U.S. unilateralism has created international divides that endanger the future progress of the type of multilateral globalization that thrived throughout the 1990s.

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I have been profoundly influenced by this book. It focuses on China but helps make sense of the changes we see in the world each and every day. Suddenly our unipolar world has become much more ... Read full review

HOW TO RULE THE WORLD: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy

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Well-considered, revisionist analysis of the fierce debate about the future of our world economy.Journalist and policy analyst Engler writes from a leftist position, but since he acknowledges and ... Read full review


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Mark Engler is a journalist based in New York City and an analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. His articles have appeared in Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Dissent,, the Christian Science Monitor, TomDispatch,, In These Times, and

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