Globalization and National Economic Welfare analyzes one of the most important and difficult aspects of economic policy at the beginning of the twenty-first century: how to overcome the growing threat to economic progress and political stability posed by negative consequences of globalization. Economic problems, from corporate fraud and bankruptcies to the high social costs of the required adjustments, are becoming increasingly international and so demand action at the supranational level. Yet the effective institutional framework for dealing with these problems remains national. In contrast to the neo-liberal approach, the author argues that the state, as the only form of organization that has the power to reconcile conflicts of interest, has a critical role to play in ensuring that globalization does not end in failure and war. This book makes a powerful and timely contribution to this highly topical debate by warning that globalization is unsustainable in the long term without fundamental changes in existing attitudes and institutions.

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