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Getting Globalization Right: The Dilemmas of Inequality

Joseph S. Tulchin and Gary Bland, editors
Getting Globalization Right: The Dilemmas of Inequality
ISBN: 978-1-58826-346-9
ISBN: 978-1-58826-322-3
2005/261 pages/LC: 2004029653

"A welcome addition.... The contributors to Getting Globalization Right persuasively demonstrate that countries have considerable latitude in addressing inequality even as they participate in the global economy. "—Mvuselelo Ngcoya, International Studies Review


Getting Globalization Right explores political and economic changes in seven new democracies that have in common both a movement toward greater integration with the world economy and the challenges posed by persistent or even increasing domestic economic inequalities.

The authors argue that, without effective national policies to dampen the effects of globalization, the short-term impact of opening the economy has a negative effect on levels of poverty and inequality. In a more positive vein, however, and without minimizing the difficulties involved, they identify the types of social policies that can blunt or counter these negative effects. They also suggest that international governance will have a growing influence on how globalization affects individual nations.

The up-to-date, empirically rich case studies in the book cover the experiences of Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey.


Joseph S. Tulchin is former director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Gary Bland is senior public policy and governance specialist at the Research Triangle Institute.


  • Introduction: Getting Globalization Right—J.S. Tulchin and G. Bland.
  • South Africa: Globalization and the Politics of Redistribution—S. Friedman.
  • Turkey: Globalization, Democratic Governance, and Inequality—E. Fuat Keyman.
  • South Korea: Globalization, Neoliberal Labor Reform, and the Trilemma of an Emerging Welfare State—J. Yang and C. Moon.
  • The Philippines: Unequal but Free—A.A. Laquian.
  • Brazil: Globalization, Poverty, and Social Inequality—S. Schwartzman.
  • Mexico: Globalization and Democracy—I. Bizberg.
  • Spain: Globalization's Impact on Democracy and Inequality—J. Oliver-Alonso and J. M. Vallès.
  • Inequalities and the Globalization Debate—J.S. Tulchin and G. Bland.