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Dani Rodrik on "Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy"

11:15-11:59am check-in; 12:00pm sharp to 1:00pm book talk; 1:00-1:10pm book sale

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Straight Talk on Trade
Date: Monday December 03, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Speaker(s): Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; President-Elect, International Economic Association; Author, Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science and The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy
Topic: "Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy" (Princeton University Press, 2017)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $37.95 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "Straight Talk on Trade" and 1 seat for the talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: An honest discussion of free trade and how nations can sensibly chart a path forward in today’s global economy. Not so long ago the nation-state seemed to be on its deathbed, condemned to irrelevance by the forces of globalization and technology. Now it is back with a vengeance, propelled by a groundswell of populists around the world. 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. Deftly navigating the tensions among globalization, national sovereignty, and democracy, Straight Talk on Trade presents an indispensable commentary on today’s world economy and its dilemmas, and offers a visionary framework at a critical time when we need it most.

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