Fall 2003 - Volume 6 Number 1
Globalization and the Decline of Social Reform: Into the Twentieth Century
Aurora, Ontario: Garamond, 2000
Globalization and the Decline of Social Reform is a new and significantly revised version of a book that Teeple first published in 1995. Among the important points that he makes are that unrestrained market forces are incompatible with democratic governance and with an equitable distribution of wealth. The prosperous working and middle classes of the past half century face decomposition as inevitably as the ecosystem as the deindustrialization of the western world is matched with the privatization of social services and the dismantling of social programs. All this and more was well-documented in the original edition. The update, as well as bringing recent information to bear on his theme, was also prompted by the reaction to the 1995 edition. Serious reviewers, Teeple says, rarely called into question his major thesis; on the other hand, there was some complaint that the book promoted despair. In the new book, Teeple includes an edifying section on the question of resistance and the promotion of alternatives. "The fact of the ‘new reality [of globalization] does not imply that there must be compliance or subordination to its demands."
Howard A. Doughty, Book Review Editor
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