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Dette er en lettilgængelig bog med et alvorligt ærinde, nemlig at blotlægge de neoliberalistiske økonomiske fejlslutninger. Med underfundig humor viser Chang, at alle økonomiske valg også er politiske valg, og det er nu på tide at tale ærligt om dem. Chang er med årene blevet en af verdens mest toneangivende økonomer i traditionen fra John Kenneth Galbraith og Joseph Stiglitz.Channg er ikke modstander af kapitalismen. Som han selv skriver, er det verdens mest elendige økonomiske system – bortset fra alle de andre! Sidst i bogen kommer han med et bud på, hvordan vi kan omforme systemet og gøre det mere humant i stedet for at være slaver af markedet.
Ha-Joon Chang skabte røre – også i Danmark – med sin bog ’23 ting man fortier om kapitalismen’, der i Danmark udkom med forord af Mogens Lykketoft. Nu følger Klim succesen op med ’Økonomi’, hvor han på sin karakteristisk grundlæggende facon, diskuterer de mest basale økonomiske spørgsmål med en åben og kritisk indstilling til, hvordan verdens økonomiske systemer er skruet sammen. Hvad er økonomi? Hvad kan økonomi sige os om verden? Hvorfor er økonomi så vigtig? Changs tilgang er baseret på den virkelige verden, på et globalt overblik og på rigtige tal. Det er imponerende, at han er stand til at gøre stoffet både let forståeligt og ekstremt inddragende.
Har du nogensinde spurgt dig selv om, hvorfor det store økonomiske kollaps i 2008 tog næsten hele verden med bukserne nede? Ha-Joon Chang giver os 23 svar: Det skyldes de ting, som vi ikke får at vide om kapitalismen.Med underfundig humor viser Chang, at alle økonomiske valg også er politiske valg, og at det nu er på tide at tale ærligt om dem. 23 ting man fortier om kapitalismen giver os en forståelse af, hvordan den globale kapitalisme fungerer – og ikke fungerer Chang er med årene blevet en af verdens mest toneangivende økonomer i traditionen fra John Kenneth Galbraith og Joseph Stiglitz. “Jeg er ikke modstander af kapitalismen, men den er verdens mest elendige økonomiske system – bortset fra alle de andre!”Ha-Joon Chang
What is economics?What can - and can't - it explain about the world? Why does it matter?Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University, and writes a column for the Guardian. The Observer called his book 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was a no.1 bestseller, 'a witty and timely debunking of some of the biggest myths surrounding the global economy.' He won the Wassily Leontief Prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought, and is a vocal critic of the failures of our current economic system.
Ha-Joon Chang dispels the myths and prejudices that have come to dominate our understanding of how the world works. He succeeds in both setting the historical record straight ('the washing machine has changed the world more than the internet'; 'the US does not have the highest living standard in the world'; 'people in poor countries are more entrepreneurial than people in rich countries') and persuading us of the consequences of his analysis ('making rich people richer doesn't make the rest of us richer'; 'companies should not be run in the interest of their owners'; 'financial markets need to become less, not more, efficient'). As Chang shows above all else, all economic choices are political ones, and it is time we started to be honest about them.
This title begins from the standpoint that new thinking is needed if South Africa is to generate sustainable economic growth, provide employment and decent work and promote rural development.
It's rare that a book appears with a fresh perspective on world affairs, but renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang has some startlingly original things to say about the future of globalization.
After half a century of disappointed hopes, where do developing countries go from here? In this volume, two economists refute some of the main myths of free market globalization in trenchant fashion. introducing the alternative economic policies that can be and have been successfully pursued.
East Asia's development experience, at least until its crisis in 1997, has been a source of hope for other countries in the South. And in modern economic theory, it has been at the centre of the debate about how the role of the state relates to processes of intentional economic progress.
How did the rich countries really become rich? In this provocative study, Ha-Joon Chang examines the great pressure on developing countries from the developed world to adopt certain 'good policies' and 'good institutions', seen today as necessary for economic development. His conclusions are compelling and disturbing: that developed countries are attempting to 'kick away the ladder' with which they have climbed to the top, thereby preventing developing countries from adopting policies and institutions that they themselves have used.
"e;Lucid, deeply informed, and enlivened with striking illustrations."e; -Noam ChomskyOne economist has called Ha-Joon Chang "e;the most exciting thinker our profession has turned out in the past fifteen years."e; With Bad Samaritans, this provocative scholar bursts into the debate on globalization and economic justice. Using irreverent wit, an engagingly personal style, and a battery of examples, Chang blasts holes in the "e;World Is Flat"e; orthodoxy of Thomas Friedman and other liberal economists who argue that only unfettered capitalism and wide-open international trade can lift struggling nations out of poverty. On the contrary, Chang shows, today's economic superpowers-from the U.S. to Britain to his native Korea-all attained prosperity by shameless protectionism and government intervention in industry. We have conveniently forgotten this fact, telling ourselves a fairy tale about the magic of free trade and-via our proxies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization-ramming policies that suit ourselves down the throat of the developing world. Unlike typical economists who construct models of how the marketplace should work, Chang examines the past: what has actually happened. His pungently contrarian history demolishes one pillar after another of free-market mythology. We treat patents and copyrights as sacrosanct-but developed our own industries by studiously copying others' technologies. We insist that centrally planned economies stifle growth-but many developing countries had higher GDP growth before they were pressured into deregulating their economies. Both justice and common sense, Chang argues, demand that we reevaluate the policies we force on nations that are struggling to follow in our footsteps.
It's rare that a book appears with a fresh perspective on world affairs, but renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang has some startlingly original things to say about the future of globalization. In theory, he argues, the world's wealthiest countries and supra-national institutions like the IMF, World Bank and WTO want to see all nations developing into modern industrial societies. In practice, though, those at the top are 'kicking away the ladder' to wealth that they themselves climbed. Why? Self-interest certainly plays a part. But, more often, rich and powerful governments and institutions are actually being 'Bad Samaritans': their intentions are worthy but their simplistic free-market ideology and poor understanding of history leads them to inflict policy errors on others. Chang demonstrates this by contrasting the route to success of economically vibrant countries with the very different route now being dictated to the world's poorer nations. In the course of this, he shows just how muddled the thinking is in such key areas as trade and foreign investment. He shows that the case for privatisation and against state involvement is far from proven. And he explores the ways in which attitudes to national cultures and political ideologies are obscuring clear thinking and creating bad policy. Finally, he argues the case for new strategies for a more prosperous world that may appall the 'Bad Samaritans'.
The 1997 South Korean financial crisis not only shook the country itself but also sent shock waves through the financial world at large. This impressive book critically assesses the conventional wisdom surrounding the Korean crisis and the performance of the IMF-sponsored reform programme.Looking first at the strengths and weaknesses of 'Korea Inc.' in comparison with other East Asian countries, the authors describe the challenges faced by Korea in the 1990s due to the acceleration of globalization. By arguing that the transition attempted by Korea was badly conceived and ill designed, Restructuring 'Korea Inc.' focuses on corporate reform after the crisis that has led to the running up of huge 'transition costs'.This snappy, informative and readable book has a broad historical overview and with its suggestions for structural change for Korea. This book is an important contribution not only to Asian studies, but also to the study of financial crises and the political economy of economic reform.
There is no alternative to neoliberal economics - or so it appeared when Reclaiming Development was published in 2004. Many of the same driving assumptions - monetarism and globalization - remain within the international development policy establishment. Ha-Joon Chang and Ilene Grabel confront this neoliberal development model head-on by combining devastating economic critique with an array of innovative policies and an in-depth analysis of the experiences of leading Western and East Asian economies. Still, much has changed since 2004 - the relative success of some developing countries in weathering the global financial crisis has exposed the latent contradictions of the neoliberal model. The resulting situation of increasingly open policy innovation in the global South means that Reclaiming Development is even more relevant today than when it was first published. History is being made.