Democratising Globalisation: The Leverage of the Tobin Tax (Paperback)Heikki Patomaki (author)
Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 31/08/2001
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In the 1970s Professor James Tobin proposed a very modest tax on currency transactions. This would make much speculative movement of funds unprofitable and the world financial system less volatile. The Tobin tax, if implemented with other regulatory measures, would be emancipatory. Global finance would be subjected to a process of deliberate control. It would bolster the autonomy of states. And it might transform the politics of globalization in the direction of more democratic control, social responsibility and justice. But, the major problem has aways been the lack of political will. Tobin and his supporters have always assumed that the only feasible way to implement the new tax would be for all major financial centres to agree to it simultaneously. Dr Patomaki demonstrates that it is possible to proceed without universal consensus, and develops the idea of a Tobin tax organization (TTO) that would implement and supervise the process. The potentially huge annual revenues - eventually as much as $1 trillion - could be used for economic and social purposes determined globally, reviving the prospects of humanity moving towards a more just world order.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 13 mm
'A commendable attempt to give concrete answers to the question of what could and should be done to implement the Tobin Tax. This book should be read by all those who want to see effective measures taken to counter the negative effects of globalization in general and the instability of international financial markets in particular.' Erkki Tuomioja, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finland 'This important book addresses two of the most powerful ideas being debated at the dawn of the 21st century -- democratizing governance and the Tobin Tax. The book's value lies in making the conceptual, political and practical linkages between these two ideas to show that the most serious obstacles to their implementation do not lie in technical or organizational problems, but in the lack of political will of some of the world's most powerful countries and institutions.' Kamal Malhotra, co-founder of Focus on the Global South 'I recommend this book to anyone interested in an articulate, alternative, radical perspective on key challenges facing the globalization project today. Because this book is so clearly written, it will be equally useful for the general reader as well as specialists in money, finance and the political economy of globalization.' Stephen Gill, York University, Canada 'An extraordinary portrait of finance capital, its irrational behaviour, and its negative consequences for people's wellbeing and the stability of democratic states.' Atilio A. Boron, executive secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)
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