Six Faces of Globalisation: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why it Matters

June 28, 2022


In this recording a talk live-streamed for the BRLSI on June 28th 2022 Professor Nicolas Lamp, of Queen’s University, Ontario, talks about his book: ‘The Six Faces of Globalisation’.

Globalisation has lifted millions out of poverty. Globalisation is a weapon the rich use to exploit the poor. Globalisation builds bridges across national boundaries. Globalisation fuels the populism and great-power competition that is tearing the world apart. When it comes to the politics of free trade and open borders, the camps are dug in, producing a kaleidoscope of claims and counterclaims, unlikely alliances, and unexpected foes.

But what exactly are we fighting about? And how might we approach these issues more productively? Instead of picking sides.

Six Faces of Globalisation gives all these positions their due, showing how each deploys sophisticated arguments and compelling evidence. Both globalisation’s boosters and detractors will come away with their eyes opened. By isolating the fundamental value conflicts―growth versus sustainability, efficiency versus social stability―driving disagreement and show where rival narratives converge, authors Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp provide a holistic framework for understanding current debates. In doing so, they showcase a more integrative way of thinking about complex problems.

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