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Globalization Between a Convoy Model and an Underconsumptionist Threat
Reihe: Politik: Forschung und Wissenschaft
Bd. 25, 2006, 312 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 3-8258-9219-0
There are different types of globalization.
Today's globalization is characterized by the worldwide disempowerment of labor. This is the result not of low real wages in backward countries but of devaluation-driven exports from relatively prosperous catch-up countries. An alternative form of globalization, the convoy model, is possible if the causes of devaluation-driven exports are eliminated. This does not call for a worldwide alignment of labor costs, but worldwide full employment policies. The latter require a strong state in labor-surplus economies of the underdeveloped South in addition to social and economic reforms in favor of the poor.
Hartmut Elsenhans,Professor of International Relations, Leipzig University. Areas of specialization: north-south relations, alternative development policies, new social movements in the Third World.