The Globalization Gap: How the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Left Further Behind

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Globalization is inevitable and inexorable -- but it's also magnifying the chasmbetween rich and poor. At home and abroad, new extremes of wealth anddeprivation are increasingly threatening the stability of the entire global system.The Globalization Gap reveals how globalization is spreading poverty, disease,and the disintegration of traditional cultures. A few "winners" are using theirwealth to buffer themselves against these radical transformations, writes Dr.Robert Isaak. But, in most places, the new wealth generated by globalization isnot trickling down. The result? More misery -- and political upheavals that willendanger us all. It doesn't have to be this way, says Isaak: we can gain thepromised benefits of globalization -- without the withering unfairness. Isaakpresents a realistic blueprint for sharing opportunity and creating sustainableinnovation everywhere, not just amongst the wealthy. Isaak shows how a newglobalization can give the poor a powerful stake, both here and abroad. In sodoing, he takes on the most crucial challenge of the 21st century: makingglobalization work for everyone. Isaak's ideas can lead towards a more stable,peaceful world, in which we can all build our futures -- rich and poor alike.

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Globalization Has Triumphed, But Can We Save the Poor?

“An impassioned report on the dangerous side of globalization, the book is a much-needed counter to the widespread propensity of economists to spring automatically to its defense. Recognizing that globalization cannot be wished away, the author turns to the proper question: how can we ensure that its potential contribution to welfare is not lost?”

     —William Baumol, Emeritus Professor, Princeton University, and co-author of Downsizing in America: Reality, Causes and Consequences

“Robert Isaak is unique among critics of Globalization in that he accepts it as inevitable but goes determinedly to propose innovations that can make it work better economically and socially for the rich and the poor.”

“Robert Isaak's new book presents fresh ideas on globalization that will enrich a polarized debate between the pessimists and the hyper-optimists. His work brings back Ortega y Gasset classic ideas of the late 1930’s when the "masses" brought down globalization and with it the worst recession and the bloodiest war. I am sure that Isaak's book will guide the readers to look forward after learning from past ideas and experiences.”

     —Jorge Pinto, former Ambassador of Mexico and member of the Board of the World Bank. Director of the Center for Global Finance

For most people except the world’s very richest, globalization is failing—catastrophically. If we don’t act, its failure will lead to a global upheaval worse than any in human history. But there’s another, better path. Isaak shows how a new globalization can give the poor a powerful stake, both here and abroad. Isaak's ideas can lead toward a more stable, peaceful world, in which we can all build our futures—rich and poor alike.

About the Author:

Robert A. Isaak is Henry George Professor of International Management at Pace University, New York. He teaches international management, comparative management, and creativity and entrepreneurship across cultures. Dr. Isaak’s nine books include Green Logic, Managing World Economic Change, and Modern Inflation (with WilhelmHankel).

He has consulted for global enterprises including Siemens, Technicon, Prudential Intercultural, and Global Intercultural. He has also taught in many places in the world, including at the University of Heidelberg, Groupe École Superieure de Commerce de Grenoble, CERAM European Graduate School of Management in Sophia Antipolis, Franklin College in Lugano, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, and New York University.

Dr. Isaak holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from New York University.

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