Citizens can and should play an active role in shaping the future of our global economy. Currently, the rules of the global economy are written by institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. These institutions have written global policy with input mainly from multinational corporations and very little input from citizens. Here are some of the ways in which we can work together to reform global trade rules, demand that corporations are accountable to people’s needs, build strong and free labor and promote fair and environmentally sustainable alternatives. Our various campaigns seek to build alternatives to the economic status quo by linking global analysis with local action.
Please help us spread the message that the current system does not have to be tolerated–we can and must change it! (Read more of this long article on Democratizing the Global Economy).
ZNet offers a site on Global Economic Crisis, as a source for understanding global economics and trade issues and particularly in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice. (Read all the articles having a link from this ZNet site).
Human Society and the Global Economy is a textbook-in-progress for a survey course in economics. It takes an institutionalist/Post-Keynesian approach. The organization of the book is primarily historical — following the intertwined development of the global capitalist economy and of economics from the beginning of capitalism to the present. Themes that are examined include: micro-order and macro-order; market and state; development, growth and evolution of the capitalist economy; technology and society; distribution of income and wealth; and the visions of the major economists. Parts of it are currently being used in my Economics 100 course at Bellevue Community College. (Read more about on this site).
Viewpoints of the labor union on development policies, workers’ rights, CAFTA and FTAA about the Global Economy, with many links.
The new global economy, Interview of Noam Chomsky, by David Barsamian. (Read this on Third World Traveler).
A video instructional series on economics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 13 one-hour video programs and coordinated books. Created by an international team, this series offers a multinational perspective on how the global economy and market affect individuals, businesses, and industry. The series features 26 case studies, with follow-up analysis, from more than 20 countries, balancing widely held American views with opinions from around the globe and allowing comparison of the strategies used in international economics today. (Read more about Inside the Global Economy on learner.org).
The rise of technology has allowed our environment to be characterized as a global one. “The global economy gave business the ability to market products and services all over the globe. It has also allowed them to develop partnerships and alliances throughout the world, which has become essential for success in today’s business.” (Read all about Global Economy on wikipedia).
A project of the Institute for Policy Studies has currently two major areas of work: 1. Alternative Visions, 2. Research and Education – Internationally, IPS has been at the forefront of efforts to promote alternatives to the current corporate-driven approach to globalization that are aimed at reducing inequality and protecting the environment. This work focuses on three areas: (Read all about the whole project on this IPS site).
The California economy has significant global exposure. According to some sources, California is the nation’s leading exporting state, and its share of U.S. exports regularly exceeds its share of the national economy. Clearly, this involvement in world markets has critical implications for the state’s present and future economic development. It may have implications in other areas as well. PPIC research is seeking to understand issues such as how U.S. trade agreements affect the state’s performance in world markets, the effects of import/export traffic on the state’s infrastructure, and the role of immigrants in particular industries. (Read more about California in the Global Economy on the site of Public Policy Institute of California).
Full coverage on Yahoo News about Global Economy;
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy;
Prospects for the Global Economy from the World Bank;
Dollar & Sense, a very long article making sense about Economic Justice, out of … March 2000.