Globalization and Its Discontents has ratings and reviews. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for. The main message of Globalization and its Discontents was that the problem Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is University. “Globalisation in is different from globalisation in ,” argues Nobel prize -winning economist Joseph E Stiglitz in Globalization and its.

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Views Read Edit View history. Local social, political, and economic considerations were largely ignored. But even if one regards Stiglitz as altogether too tolerant of inflation, it may be true that the IMF not to mention the ECB has sometimes gone to the other extreme. As a non-economist, I easily got his points: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization provides some vital insights, looking at the big winners and losers in terms of income over the two decades from to Mar 21, Stephen Angelo rated it liked it.

The essence of this alternative model of transition which he claims credit for having suggested to the Chinese, along with Kenneth Arrow was that state enterprises retained responsibility for delivering their state orders at controlled prices to other state enterprises, while being allowed to sell their marginal output on free markets.

Particularly concerned with the plight of the developing nations, he became increasingly disillusioned as he saw the International Monetary Fund and discontens major institutions put the interests of Wall Street disckntents the financial community ahead of the poorer nations.

Dec 28, Jared rated it it was amazing. More specifically he claims that a shift away from the Keynesian ideas that the IMF and World Bank were founded on is to blame. Anyone interested in understanding the backlash against globalization. Again, ironically, this is what the IMF was originally created for, but somehow, during the late s and early s, free-market fundamentalists had taken hold of the IMF, and they saw stimulus and deficit spending as undesired government interferences in the free market.


On the other hand, the collective critique is more coherent and wide-ranging than has been developed before, and all the more so because he does not pretend that abolishing the Fund would be a sensible response.

Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz

What worked in one situation may not work in another. The free-market solutions the IMF imposes on countries who seek its help tend to be ”on size fits all”, and often don’t take into account the particular circumstances of the particular country.

Show More Contact Us. He charges it with a dogmatic dependence upon simplistic macroeconomic models in which all markets clear, and then makes mirth of the reluctance of the Fund’s bureaucrats to trust the markets to set exchange rates. What I originally intended the term to recognize was that in the s there had been a major change in attitudes toward economic policy in developing countries or actually in Latin America, the part of the world about which I as writingand that an important part of the Reagan-Thatcher agenda had survived to win general acceptance, even though a good part of the original agenda was pretty nutty monetarism, supply-side economics, minimalist government and therefore minimal taxes, capital account convertibility, and so on.

Stiglitz also has a legitimate point in charging the IMF with an excessive willingness to take on new missions and add correspondingly to its conditionality, including its insistence on retaining control of what is now called the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility.

Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited

Perhaps the IMF was a bit slow in drawing that conclusion, but in my view Stiglitz gives it far too little credit for the initiative it finally did take, in Anne Krueger’s speech, last Fall. And all the countries doing well are the ones that ignored their advice. But all of this openness and disruption were supposed to make us richer, and the advanced countries could have introduced policies to ensure that the gains were widely shared.

Markets do not work so state planning and public enterprises were needed to compensate. Globlisation sees the IMF as an organization stuck in a dogmatic free-market ideology, which disdains the role of the government in the economy.


The IMF also foisted premature capital market liberalization free flow of capital without institutional regulation of the financial sector.

However one swings on this debate, Rogoff’s lively rejoinder to this book is, I think, essential reading. And governments can use a variety of devices, ranging from job creation to manpower training to welfare assistance, to put unemployed labor back moseph work and cushion human hardship Stiglitz has presented, as effectively as it is possible to imagine anyone making it, his side of the argument, including the substantive case for the kind of economic development policies he favors as well as his more specific indictment of what the IMF has done and why.

Open Preview See a Problem? However, bankers would nowadays find the charge that it leans over backwards to help them collect their debts rather quixotic.

Review of Globalization and its Discontents

There is a success when it is managed by national government by embracing their characteristics of each individual country; however, there is a failure when it is managed by international institutions such as IMF. If one can disregard his taste for playing to the gallery, however, one will find abundant good sense on how to use solid economic analysis to improve the way the world works for the benefit of the poor.

No economist nowadays believes that there are long-run output gains to be had by running a higher inflation rate; Stiglitz’s concern is that insisting on reducing inflation quickly when it is already reasonably low will have an globalissation cost that is incommensurate with any benefit. Paperbackpages. The attack of the market fundamentalists!