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Nayan Chanda May 24, 2010
Can a country withdraw from globalization, or for that matter, give up democracy in order to benefit from global capital flow? In this column, YaleGlobal editor Nayan Chanda dissects the recent argument offered by Harvard economist Dani Rodrik, who suggests that “economic globalization, political democracy, and the nation-state are mutually irreconcilable.” Crises that disrupt global capital...
Ilaria Maria Sala May 20, 2010
Citizens around the globe understandably want to honor and protect their culture, expressed through language, food and art, from “foreign” influence – although such influences were often essential in creating traditions. The second article of this two-part series examines Italy’s battle against globalization, as politicians scramble to outdo one another with populist laws aimed at banning foreign...
Edmund Conway May 20, 2010
The debt crisis in Greece exposes challenges for lenders and borrowers throughout Europe – testing cooperation and governance on the continent. National governments disagree on many matters ranging from stricter regulations for hedge funds to a proposal requiring approval for national budgets from the European Commission. Politicians – seeking to maintain their hold on power – are wary of...
Sheridan Prasso May 13, 2010
Chinese companies are increasing US investments and adding jobs, particularly throughout the conservative South. Wages still remain high by Chinese standards, but land is cheap and energy is reliable. In a cover article for Fortune Magazine, Sheridan Prasso reports that more than 30 states, ports and municipalities have hired representatives and offered tax incentives to lure Chinese companies...
Zhiwu Chen May 12, 2010
Many economists and policy analysts maintain that resolving huge trade imbalances is easy – the Chinese government should just let the renminbi appreciate. But that quick fix won’t do much, contends Zhiwu Chen, professor of finance with the Yale School of Management. Revaluing the renminbi would shift manufacturing to other low-cost Asian nations, without spurring Chinese spending on US goods or...
Nayan Chanda May 12, 2010
Carefree spending on borrowed funds is not sustainable. Europe could not handle fast assistance to debt-laden Greece on its own and had to turn to the International Monetary Fund for additional financial support. Eurozone nations and the IMF imposed stringent conditions, and future borrowing by the Greeks will carry heavy costs. “The same global liquidity that can fuel growth can also evaporate...
Jean-Pierre Lehmann May 7, 2010
Internal divisions can endanger any union more than external threats. Mistrust – a lack of shared basic values or vision – can decimate cooperation, explains Jean-Pierre Lehmann, professor of political economy, in the second article of a two-part series analyzing the Greek debt crisis. Lehmann describes Greece’s immense debt load, the history of corruption, and their effect on the European Union...