Author(s): Brian Easton
Brian Easton's Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations is a clear, imaginative and wide-ranging picture of the globalising world, written for a general educated readership. It is not an argument for or against globalisation but a careful, thorough analysis of the issues involved, drawing on scholarly study and debate, but avoiding technical issues and demanding detail. Organised in two parts, it explores the economic theory behind globalisation, then the political and social consequences and concludes with the various options for nations in a globalised world. In each section individual chapters focus on a particular historical experience, typically in a single country; for example, a chapter on cities and industry economies of scale focuses on New York; one on technology transfer focuses on Japan; one on nationalism focuses on Germany. First published August 2007. Ã�Â�Ã�Â· As a balanced, thoughtful and locally relevant view of globalisation, this is definitely worth your while, if youÃ�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�re interested in getting a genuine view of the subject and being entertained along the way. Highly recommended. Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� Sam Finnemore, Craccum Ã�Â�Ã�Â· "wide-ranging primer" - Colin James Ã�Â�Ã�Â· A book that bridges the gap between economic and social analysis of globalisation has been wanting for some time, but in the face of so many books on the subject you mightnÃ�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�t know it was missing until it appears. Enter Brian Easton, celebrated New Zealand economist and writer, with Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations, a local antidote to the great divide. Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� Sam Finnemore, Craccum Ã�Â�Ã�Â· One of the key moves Easton makes in this book is actually defining globalisation where other authors simply havenÃ�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�t bothered. Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� Sam Finnemore, Craccum.
New Zealand's best-known economist, Dr Brian Easton is an independent scholar, researcher, writer, consultant and teacher in economics, social statistics, and public policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a chartered statistician. As author, co-author or editor of more than 30 books, Brian writes regularly for the NZ Listener and other journals and newspapers. His recent books include The Commercialisation of New Zealand (1997) and The Nationbuilders (2001). In 2002 he was appointed to the Prime Minister's Growth and Innovation Advisory Board and, in 2005, he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists. As well as teaching in a number of universities Brian is a familiar keynote speaker at conferences and an often trenchant critic of economic orthodoxy.