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Greg Buckman


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1 July 2004 Global Issues
'Globalization is irreversible and irresistible.' - Tony Blair. This book gives the lie to that claim. Economic globalization has never been an inevitable part of human history. It is eminently reversible and hugely resistible. Greg Buckman argues there are two broad approaches within the anti-globalization movement. One, perhaps the most widely supported and influential strand today, he calls the Fair Trade and Back to Bretton Woods school. This argues for immediate reforms of the world's trading system, capital markets, and global institutions, notably the World Bank, IMF and WTO. The other, the Localization school, takes a more root and branch position and argues for the abolition of these institutions and outright reversal of globalization. Buckman explains the details of each school's outlook and proposals, their weaknesses, where they disagree, their common ground, and where they might come together in campaigns.

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'Greg Buckman's work opens up the all-important debate between the ideas of localization and fair trade on the one hand, and economic globalization on the other.' --Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens

'Greg Buckman has done the global justice movement a valuable service in clearly outlining the major debates around taming or scrapping globalization, and then attempting to find common ground. I urge everyone who wants a fairer, safer, more sustainable world to read this book.' --Rod Donald MP, Co-Leader Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

'The clearest and most succinct explanation of the origins and processes of economic globalization yet to appear in English, plus the best coverage of the debates over what to do about it. A useful tool for anti-globalization activists everywhere.' --Dr Christine Dann, Green researcher, New Zealand

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Greg Buckman is an economist and environmental activist. He is the former national finance manager for the Wilderness Society of Australia and currently national treasurer of the Australian Greens.

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