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Democracy's Dilemma: Environment, Social Equity, and the Global Economy

By: Robert Paehlke

304 pages, 1 Illus

MIT Press

Hardback | May 2003 | #138052 | ISBN: 0262162156
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Democratic societies face a dilemma. Global economic integration produces a need for global political integration. Without it, national, state, and local governments are under pressure to forego environmental protection and social programs in order to be competitive. At the same time, global governance presents problems because of its scale and its inaccessibility to citizens. This book describes the consequences of this dilemma and proposes ways of dealing with it.

This is a very ambitious project. Paehlke characterizes the key features of the contemporary international political economy, projects where it is going, points to the problems associated with it, outlines their causes and consequences, and develops ways of bringing it to heel in the interests of social justice and environmental values. Much of the originality of the book lies in its moderation. Paehlke does not celebrate unrestrained economic globalization, nor is he an unremitting critic. Rather, he wants to fix it, or channel it in the right direction. He brings a distinctive voice to bear on some major debates about where the world is going. - John S. Dryzek, Australian National University

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Robert C. Paehlke is Professor and Chair, Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University, Canada.

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