FLAT WORLD, BIG GAPS: Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty & Inequality

Edited by Jomo K.S. with Jacques Baudot

Publishers: Orient Longman Private Limited, Zed Books Ltd and Third World Network

Published in association with the United Nations
Year: 2007 No. of pages: 448 pages

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About the Book

Many mainstream economists have claimed that globalization creates worldwide growth, and that economic liberalization will lead to economic convergence and lower inequality.

It is now clear that since the 1980s the world economy has experienced slower growth as well as greater inequalities at the national level.  The research in this volume provides rigorous empirical analyses of how economic liberalization has actually affected inequality, poverty and development in recent decades.

Avoiding polemics and rhetoric, the book provides a balanced account of recent trends, the effects of globalization and liberalization, and the comparative experiences of countries that have pursued different economic policies and trajectories.

About the Editors

Jomo K.S. is Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development and Jacques Baudot was Coordinator of the World Summit for Social Development, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development and Coordinator of the International Forum for Social Development, all based in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat.



Chapter 1:                      Global Income Inequality: What it is and Why it Matters

Chapter 2:                      The Scorecard on Development: 25 years of Diminished Progress

Chapter 3:      A Converging or Diverging World?

Chapter 4:                      World Economic Growth and Income Distribution, 1980-2000

Chapter 5:                      Globalizing Inequality: ‘Centrifugal’ and ‘Centripetal’ Forces at Work

Chapter 6:                      Growth is Failing the Poor: The Unbalanced Distribution of the Benefits

                     and Costs of Global Economic Growth

Chapter 7:                      Inequality Trends in Some Developed OECD Countries

Chapter 8:    Unequal Fortunes, Unstable Households: Has Rising Inequality Contributed to Economic Troubles for Households?

Chapter 9:                      Poverty and Inequality in Eastern Europe and the CIS Transition Economies

Chapter 10:                      Equity in Latin America since the 1990s

Chapter 11:                      Income Distribution in the Middle East and North Africa, 1960-2000

Chapter 12:                      Openness, Trade Liberalization, Inequality and Poverty

Chapter 13:                      Inequality in India: A Survey of Recent Trends

Chapter 14:                      Growth with Equity in East Asia

Chapter 15:                      Understanding the Extent and Evolution of Inequalities in China

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