Your Money or Your Life!

Your Money or Your Life! : Tyranny of Global Finance

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This volume provides a thorough understanding of the Third World debt crisis. Eric Toussaint traces its development in the 1980s and 1990s, analyzes the role of the World Bank, the IMF and the political restrictions they impose, and assesses the structural adjustment programmes of the 1990s. Toussaint puts into perspective the process of globalization and the neo-liberal offensive, which he argues, is now running out of steam. The book features case studies of differing experiences of debt in Argentina, Mexico, Algeria and Rwanda, and demonstrates the failure of the IMF/World Bank models of development in the light of the Asian crisis. It provides alternative systems to deal with Third World debt which are more humanitarian and egalitarian.show more

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  • Paperback | 333 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • French
  • chronology, glossary, bibliography, index
  • 0745314120
  • 9780745314129

About Eric Toussaint

Eric Toussaint is president of the Brussels-based Committee for Cancellation of the Third World Debt and is a Fellow and frequent lecturer at the International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam. He edits the journal Les Autres Voix de la Planete and co-edited the anthology IMF/World Bank/WTO: The Free-Market Fiasco (Amsterdam, 1995). Raghu Krishnan is a translator, interpreter and journalist. His articles have appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly(Bombay), Monthly Review (New York) and International Viewpoint (Paris). Hetranslated Claude Jacquin's book The Trade-Union Left and the Birth of aNew South Africa (IIRE, Amsterdam, 1999). He currently lives in Paris.show more

Table of contents

Globalization and the neo-liberal offensive; the concentration of capital; globalization and exclusion - the marginalisation of the Third World and the strengthening of the Triad; financial globalization; globalization and the growing debt burden; the debt crisis in historical perspective; the Third World debt crisis in the 1980s and 1990s; the transfer of wealth from the south to the north; the World Bank and the IMF - 50 years is enough! the World Bank and the Third World debt crisis; structural adjustment programmes; the two phases of structural adjustment programmes; the two phases of structural adjustment; neo-liberal ideology and policies in historical perspective; debt in the 1990s - Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa; case studies: Argentina - debt and military dictatorship, Mexico - foreign debt and the sociopolitical crisis, Rwanda - financing genocide.show more

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