book paints globalization as more than trade, economics
aspects, effects of ‘Decentralized Globalization’
Europe, Dr. Olga Magdalena Lazin
was enchanted by the complexities of the globalization process and wanted to
overcome ridiculous myth and propaganda that distract people from understanding
the multifaceted aspects of globalism and regionalism vs old-fashioned nationalism.
She writes “Decentralized Globalization” (published
by AuthorHouse), a far cry from other globalization literature in that it
concentrates on the significant role that civic engagement and civil government play in the process of
balancing out the negative and positive sides of globalization.
provides a fresh, multi-dimensional viewpoint on globalization. In this it is
unlike other globalization literature, which tends to be written either in
favor or against globalization, or highlight cross-border issues such as
economic dislocation, the spread of pandemic disease, cultural assimilation,
rapid decrease in transportation times, immigration, or the growth of
drug-trafficking and crime cartels. Dr Lazin’s believes are that civil society
should act as a check on executive powers in all countries, to counteract
nationalistic representatives authorized to do so.
knowledgeable and can now shake off the narrow views on globalization by better
studying the statistical data enclosed and the facts. Her book then aids them
in further understanding by explaining the anti-globalization movement. It is
based on the premise that globalization is more than trade and economics.
proving the effectiveness of all Free Trade Agreements, especially within
NAFTA. It has done a world of good. California is perfectly intertwined with
the Mexican economy; the balance struck being a perfect model for the rest of
the World. The race for Free Trade agreements and elimination of tariff has
started long time ago with the creation of the EU, and it works.
society keeps the government honest and clamors to take into account the
non-governmental interest groups. E.g. to reform Constitutions. Too many countries
will need to change from their judicial systems, from “guilty until proven
innocent to " innocent until proven guilty", which should be the norm
in the twenty-first Century.
very well written and wide-ranging study, founded on reading of staggering
breadth and depth strikingly up to date.
The author has used the most recent scholarship
to impressive effects.
No one could read it without learning a great
deal or without having her conception of the course of history radically
Brilliantly constructed thesis, and exhilarating
read and fresh perspective on history civil society and importance of civic
important than ever to have a comprehensive point of reference to allow us to
understand and map the transformations around us. Lazin's book gives us a key
point of view to reach that comprehension.
The key of the argument it is as follow:
For decades several regions of the world such Latin America and Eastern Europe
had suffered from impostor dictatorships and poverty, caused by statism. The Fast
track globalization (FTG) process which begun in the 1980s is the main force to
counteract the detrimental phenomenon of statism. FTG is based on the rise of
rapidly expanding free market. The free trade of goods, communications and
services provides the context for the rise of civic society.
The fast-track globalization has facilitated the flows of funds among “for-profit
organizations” many of them donating profit to NGOs seeking to foster change in
the developing world. The relationship among those elements have detonated a
process of rapid change in the developing world, as we have seen in the 21st
Time as given the reason to Olga Lazin's ideas because today, despite new and
complex problem the regions she focused her research has evolved according the
line she predicted. With some exceptions Latin America and Eastern Europe
countries have passed by process of democratization and liberalization,
reducing poverty and inequality.
It is worth to stress that the problems still persisting and the dangers to
regression are explained mainly because of not going further in the direction
of reforming the law according to US model on decentralization to expand civic
action and philanthropy.
The book focuses on two national experiences: Romania and Mexico, as test
cases. Lazin argues that Romania
followed the same path former socialist countries of that region. Romania
succeeded in de-statification. Mexico by contrast had faced with mix results;
regrettably as Lazin wrote, the Mexican government lacked and still lack the
“mental space” needed to identify and resolve the bureaucratic problems
limiting civic action.
It is worth to have that useful analysis in mind because is pivotal to
understand the current social crisis afflicting Mexico.
For many reason Lazin's book remains as a benchmark for studies of
globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective.
is a monumental work and I was dazzled by the Introduction and the wealth of
knowledge at your fingertips in Chapter I. Reading it, one feels like one’s s
own awareness is like that of a Caveman compared to the author's encyclopedic
grasp of World History and Global Realities in this new Millenium.
UCLA to educate students about civic attitudes and how to protect democracy.
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