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'Essential reading for anyone wanting to move beyond critiques of economic globalisation to coherent and credible alternatives.' Dame Anita Roddick DBE 'Woodin and Lucas set out an eloquent and passionate argument which not only challenges the convenient assumption that economic globlisation is inevitable, but which also explodes the myth that globalisation benefits the poor.' Vandana Shiva 'A genuine alternative that promotes policies for people and the planet. If more politicians thought like this, we would live in a far better world.' Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (UK) Written by two of the UK Green Party's most inspirational figures, this book is an accessible and concise statement of the Green alternatives to economic globalisation. Arguing that globalisation increases poverty, undermines democracy, and destroys the environment, the authors demonstrate the urgent need for a new approach - economic localisation - that is based on the Green principles of equity, ecology and democracy. Michael Woodin and Caroline Lucas show how economic localisation could be adopted and applied to help solve many of the current international crises, including climate change, trade and development, agriculture, and international security.

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Essential reading for anyone wanting to move beyond critiques of economic globalisation to coherent and credible alternatives....Woodin and Lucas distinguish themselves as two of the very few British politicians able and willing not only to imagine a different world, but to set out practical steps to reach it. (Dame Anita Roddick DBE)

We stand at a crucial point in history. One future leads to spiraling inequality, insecurity and environmental decline - another road heads toward sustainability. Most of our elected representatives know only one way ahead - the way of corporate globalisation. So here is the exception, not more anti-globalisation or pro-globalisation, but a genuine alternative that promotes policies for people and the planet. If more politicians thought like this, we would live in a far better world. (Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (UK))

Policy makers are trying to make failed economic theory work, like farmers trying to milk a dead cow. Caroline Lucas and Mike Woodin know its time to move on and try something different. Here is proof that there are alternatives. Some things about globalisation are here to stay, like information technology and rapid cultural diffusion . But the policies that lead to greater gaps between rich and poor, promote social alienation and destroy diversity have been made by policy makers and so can be 'unmade.' This book tells us how to begin that transformation. (Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation)
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Written by two of the most prominent members of the UK Green Party, this book is an accessible and concise introduction to the Green perspective on the major issues of today -- including the environment, climate change, globalisation, trade and finance, and international security. It's a book that will be of interest to anyone who wants a radical and environmentally-sound political alternative.

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  • PublisherPluto Press
  • Publication date2004
  • ISBN 10 0745319327
  • ISBN 13 9780745319322
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