Global Fracture

Global Fracture : The New International Economic Order

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This new and updated edition of Michael Hudson's classic political economy text explores how and why the US came to achieve world economic hegemony. Originally published as the sequel to Hudson's bestselling Super Imperialism, Global Fracture explores American economic strategy during a key period in world history.

In 1973, many of the world's most indebted countries sought to free themselves of trade dependency and the debt trap by creating a New International Economic Order (NIEO). This aimed to improve the terms of trade for raw materials and build up agicultural and industrial self-sufficiency.

Global Fracture shows how the US undermined this progressive initiative and instead pushed for financial dominance over the rest of the world. Today, the NIEO is a forgotten interlude, its optimism replaced by the financial austerity imposed by the IMF and the World Bank.

Exploring how America achieved its economic aims, and tracing the implications this has had through subsequent decades, Michael Hudson covers various topics including trade embargoes, changing US attitudes to foreign aid, the rise of protectionism, government regulation of international investments, the impact on specific industries including the oil industry, the implications of the new economic order and the future of war.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 25.4mm | 511g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • b&w graphs, b&w tables
  • 0745323952
  • 9780745323954

Table of contents


Introduction to New Edition

Introduction to First Edition

Part I An American World

1. Pax Americana

2. The Treasury-bill Standard Versus the Gold Standard

3. Third World Problems

4. Cold War Strains Resolve Themselves in Detente

Part II Global Fracture

5. The Events of 1973

6. U.S. Trade Strategy Culminates in Export Embargoes

7. The Oil War Transforms World Diplomacy

8. America's New Financial Strategy

9. Closing the Open Door to World Investment

10. The Ending of U.S. Foreign Aid

11. America's Steel Quotas Herald a New Protecionism

12. The Ending of Laissez Faire

13. Basic Objectives

14. World Financial Reform

15. New Aims of World Trade

16. Government Regulation of International Investment

17. The Future of War

18. Some Implications of the New International Economic Order

19. The American Response


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"'Hudson is one of the tiny handful of economic thinkers in today's world who are forcing us to look at old questions in startling new ways.' Alvin Toffler, best-selling author of Future Shock and The Third Wave"
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About Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson is an economist who has worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, Arthur Andersen and Co., and the Hudson Institute. He has taught at New York University and the New School. He is author of Global Fracture (Pluto, 2005) and Super Imperialism (Pluto, 2003).
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