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Since the end of World War II, groups such as the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Union, and G-20 have sprung up with a variety of missions, including promoting trade, ensuring financial stability, eradicating poverty, and advancing sustainable economic growth. Behind these worthy goals is the ultimate aim: preventing the kind of global economic instability that can easily lead to war.
But while such organizations are trying to knit the world more tightly together, in many countries the voices of populism and nationalism are objecting that the price of lost sovereignty is too high and that traditions and customs are being lost. Furthermore, such organizations have the failings common to all human institutions. Do they really work? Have some saved us from disaster? Are we better off without others? What is the best route to prosperity, and do these groups help smooth the way or obstruct it?
International Economic Institutions: Globalism vs. Nationalism uses these influential bodies as a lens to study today's globalized economy. In 24 eye-opening half-hour lectures, award-winning teacher and economist Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, conducts you through the dizzying array of institutions, their backgrounds, their goals, and the important roles they play in the economic life of the entire world.
©2017 The Great Courses (P)2017 The Teaching Company, LLC
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By wbiro on 07-26-17

Surprisingly Interesting

I was braced for an excruciatingly boring experience, and I would have stuck it out until the end, but I was relievedly (my word) surprised at how interesting I found the various topics.

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By Pablo on 06-01-17

OK, but a little "preachy" for my taste.

The lecturer is a little longer on opinion and shorter on insight than I am used to. If the course is taken as introductory, beware the opinionated content.

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By Michael Kosmides on 06-13-17

Informative but biased

If you could sum up International Economic Institutions in three words, what would they be?

Informative, biased, neo-liberal

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much so. The story of the international financial institutions is fascinating

Any additional comments?

The lecture is very informative but has a clear neo-liberal bias, which should be added as a 'health warning'.

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By BrianP on 06-05-17

Neoliberal nonsense

It is amazing that after thirty years of the failed neoliberal experiment, with inequality soaring, growth stalling, innovation freewheeling on the research of the Bretton Woods era and ordinary people being drawn by their total neglect by the elite to causes such as Trump and Brexit that a supposed respected academic can bear to utter the words in this book. The author early on makes the quite correct point that correlation does not equate to causality, but then throughout the lectures proceeds to use correlation to support his ideology whenever it suits him. Instead of listening to this nonsense, get an evidence-based picture of the true state of our modern society from books like "The Spirit Level", "The Great Divide", "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" and "Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions" (also available from Audible)

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