Magazine article New Internationalist

Privatization: A Resource Guide

Magazine article New Internationalist

Privatization: A Resource Guide

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The big picture...

Neo-liberalism or Democracy? Economic strategy, markets and alternatives for the 21st century, Arthur MacEwan, Zed Books, London, 2000. A dense, detailed but worthwhile introduction to the workings of the global economy and the democratic alternatives. Power Politics, Arundhati Roy, South End Press, Boston, 2001. Written with clarity and passion, Indian novelist Roy attacks India's corrupt politics and the rampages of the transnational energy industry.

The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1998. Written 40 years ago by one of America's great liberal economists. Stately, often pedantic, prose mixed with patrician wit combine in a classic indictment of private wealth and public squalor.

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Fat Cats & Running Dogs: the Enron stage of capitalism, Vijay Prashad, Zed Books/Common. Courage, London/Monroe, ME 2002. A breathless, angry expose of corporate crime. Highly readable, indignant and angry.

And on the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services...

Facing the facts: A guide to the GATS debates, Scott Sinclair and Jim Grieshaber-Otto, 2002 And GATS: How the WTO's new service negotiations threaten democracy, Scott Sinclair, Sept 2000. Comprehensive, careful research on the WTO's secretive services agreement. Both from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa. www.policyalternatives.ca

Serving up the nation, World Development Movement, London, 2002. Useful background on Britain's commitments under the GATS including a sector-by-sector check on what's still up for grabs. …

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