Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy

  • 9h 8m 55s
  • Dani Rodrik
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2018

In Straight Talk on Trade, Dani Rodrik, an early and outspoken critic of economic globalization taken too far, goes beyond the populist backlash and offers a more reasoned explanation for why our elites' and technocrats' obsession with hyper-globalization made it more difficult for nations to achieve legitimate economic and social objectives at home: economic prosperity, financial stability, and equity.

Rodrik takes globalization's cheerleaders to task, not for emphasizing economics over other values, but for practicing bad economics and ignoring the discipline's own nuances that should have called for caution. He makes a case for a pluralist world economy where nation-states retain sufficient autonomy to fashion their own social contracts and develop economic strategies tailored to their needs. Rather than calling for closed borders or defending protectionists, Rodrik shows how we can restore a sensible balance between national and global governance.

Ranging over the recent experiences of advanced countries, the eurozone, and developing nations, Rodrik charts a way forward with new ideas about how to reconcile today's inequitable economic and technological trends with liberal democracy and social inclusion.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - A Better Balance
  • Chapter 2 - How Nations Work
  • Chapter 3 - Europe's Struggles
  • Chapter 4 - Work, Industrialization, and Democracy
  • Chapter 5 - Economists and Their Models
  • Chapter 6 - The Perils of Economic Consensus
  • Chapter 7 - Economists, Politics, and Ideas
  • Chapter 8 - Economics as Policy Innovation
  • Chapter 9 - What Will Not Work
  • Chapter 10 - New Rules for the Global Economy
  • Chapter 11 - Growth Policies for the Future
  • Chapter 12 - It's the Politics, Stupid!