Liberalization of global finance and trade is increasing economic insecurity and environmental pressures throughout the world. In many countries this is producing a protectionist backlash and ethnic conflict. This has disturbing parallels with the evolution of apartheid in South Africa, which was a response by the European minority to growing economic competition from the African majority. Alexander uses the parallels between apartheid and global inequality to provide a wide range of insights into Western dominance of the global economy and international institutions.
The author describes the complex process which brought apartheid to an end in South Africa, drawing hopeful lessons for overcoming global inequality. At a time when world–wide ethnic and economic conflict is increasing and a new global settlement is being negotiated, this book warns of the dangers of sectional solutions and offers practical strategies for people to participate in creating more just, democratic systems of global governance.
Introduction: What is Global Apartheid and Why does it Matter?.
1. The World in One Country.
2. The Dynamics of Separate Development.
3. The Economics of Global Apartheid.
4. Global Privileges of Private Enterprise.
5. Managed Markets of Global Apartheid.
6. Institutions of Global Apartheid: The UN System.
7. The Laws of Exclusion.
8. The Western Alliance Government.
9. The West Knows Best: Values and Ideology of Global Apartheid.
10. Prospects for Improvement.
′A weighty and authoritative analysis of global apartheid, full of fresh thought and dazzling detail... As a source of ideas, facts, references, the most improbable of quotations, and signposts to further reading, it is an invaluable reference work for educators; as a source of inspiration, it is an epic antidote against little Englanders or indeed, little Europeanists.′ WEA Journal Report Book
′More than other books which have covered the same ground, this one offers the reader a simple and powerful metaphor to understand the impact of complicated economic processes – global apartheid.′Christian Aid News
′In spite of the serious message to Western politicians this is a hopeful and encouraging book which points the way forward for both rich and poorer nations ... Unravelling Global Apartheid will inspire both locally and globally.′ Perspectives
′Alexander is to be congratulated on the precision and persistence with which he develops his core argument and on the inter–disciplinary breadth of his vision ... the book will have a useful role as a kind of polemical textbook to read alongside alternatives.′ Democratization
′Those with a clear understanding of how the world is changing are most likely to be able to shape the future. Globalisation offers greater prosperity but also the threat of growing inequality. Acting only at national level we will not be able to meet these challenges. But acting together there is much we can achieve. We should take the arguments and analysis in this book very seriously.′Rt Hon Clare Short MP, Secretary of State for International Development