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The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations

Daniel Cohen

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Cohen argues that our own propensity for transforming the nature of work has created a niche for globalization and given it an ominous dimension, causing some to reject it. Pursuing this erroneous line of thought will place the battle for social welfare on the sidelines when it should be fought on the inside.

The present situation, in which poor nations are becoming richer and rich nations poorer, gives credence to the idea that the former phenomenon is responsible for the latter. The great fear of many in the West is that trade with India, China, or the former Soviet Union will cause a collapse of the welfare state and of society's well-being.Globalization has become a loaded term. Should we believe, literally, that trade with poor nations can be blamed for our impoverishment? In this book, Daniel Cohen claims that there is practically no foundation for such an alarmist position. We need to reverse the commonly held view that globalization has caused today's insecure labor market. On the contrary, Cohen argues, our own propensity for transforming the nature of work has created a niche for globalization and given it an ominous dimension, causing some to reject it. Pursuing this erroneous line of thought will place the battle for social welfare on the sidelines when it should be fought on the inside. Such errors in analysis must not persist; as Cohen says, the stakes are too high.

MIT Press, 9780262032537, 148pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 1998