The Dark Side of Globalization

Published: January 17, 2011

Welcomed by many as desirable and an irreversible engine of prosperity and progress, the rapid advance of globalization created by communications, transportation and other technologies also has its dark side. Some unwelcome consequences include transnational terrorism, increased drug and human trafficking, expanded scope for money laundering and other organized crime, and global pandemics.  The studies in this volume examine the challenges posed by these “dark” forces of globalization to the international system and the responses they have triggered. The book addresses the question: how can governments, international organizations and civil society mute the baleful effects of globalization while maximizing the beneficial consequences?

Contributors to this volume are largely from developing countries, where many of the ill-effects fostered by increased global interconnectedness originate or are manifested.  Authors include M. J. Akbar, Gustavo Almeira, Rekha Chowdhary, William D. Coleman, Dorcas Ettang, Kirsten Foot,  Charles Goredema, Ricardo A. Gutiérrez, Nasra Hassan, Jorge Heine, Edgardo Lander, Ajay K. Mehra, S. D. Muni, Garth le Pere, Tiziana Scaramagli, Ramesh Thakur, Luk Van Langenhove, Marisa von Bülow and Brendan Vickers. The volume results from the “Uncivil Society” Conference co-sponsored by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Globalization Studies Network.


The book’s Foreword is by Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University.

This book is published by United Nations University Press in cooperation with CIGI.

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“This remarkably fine book constitutes the elegant bridge between academic theorizing about globalization and the inspired anecdotage of Thomas Friedman.” Tom Farer, University Professor and past Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

“Indispensable reading for anyone who wants to understand the full range of contents and discontentscaused by globalization.” Thomas G. Weiss, Director, Ralph Bunche Institute of International Studies, CUNY and past president, International Studies Association.