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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd (13 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780320450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780320458
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Walden Bello is the world's leading no-nonsense revolutionary. With plainspoken history and compelling evidence he ruthlessly exposes the opportunism, plunder and backroom bullying that passes for global capitalism. But this is more than a critique: Bello's expert diagnosis is that the patient is sicker than we think, and the time to act is now.' --Naomi Klein, author, No Logo

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Walden Bello is a member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines.  He is currently also an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton and St. Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, and before that, a professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines. He was founding director of the Bangkok-based 'Focus on the Global South' and the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, California.  He is the author or co-author of 17 books, of which the most famous is 'Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy' (London: Zed Books, 2004).

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Walden Bello has written numerous valuable books on geopolitics and development. This is another one. It is however nothing more than a compilation of previously published articles, with a new introduction and conclusion. This is not mentioned on either the book's cover or in its promotional literature.
However this review is concerned with a different issue. Bello claims in the book that population growth is perhaps the most important problem of all, but his brief discussion of it is strewn with fundamental misunderstandings. And it is with his brief discussion of the causes of population growth (pages 176-178) that I would like to take issue. I will take his comments one by one, in the order raised in the book.

The One Child Family Policy in China
Bello claimed that China's One Child Policy resulted in 300 million fewer births. I think this is misleading. China's total fertility rate (TFR) fell from 5.5 to 2.7 between 1971 and 1978. In other words the population changed from one in which hardly anyone (except for a few middle class people in the big cities) practised contraception of any kind, to one in which virtually everyone planned their families, in just seven years. This was a period during which very few foreigners were able to visit China and where, consequently, very little is known about the kind of population policy operating in the country. The One Child Family Policy (OCFP) only began to be introduced in 1979, after virtually the whole population of child-bearing age had become contraceptors. During the following decade, during the One-Child Family Policy, there was only a small fall in fertility to about 2.5.
He then mentions that the OCFP was coercive. It wasn't as simple as that, and there is of course a range of possible levels of coercion.
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...just when you thought there are no alternatives.... 27 Sept. 2013
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...a must read for anybody interested in thinking of alternatives...will be sure to recommend to others working in the area
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
ALL except for a few pages is writings previously published in easily accessible journal/magazines... 2 Sept. 2013
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Much of the writings collected in this book are dated...ALL except for a few pages is pre-published stuff...I bought it on the author's name recognition and in the "look inside" saw no indication that this was not new, original work...a lot of name authors seem to be doing this these days...publishers playing along, particularly with long time favored authors...I'm NOT very happy with this...don't know who's to blame here...ZED press or BELLO, both?
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