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Free Traders – Elites, Democracy, and the Rise of Globalization in North America - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Free Traders: Elites, Democracy, and the Rise of Globalization in North America

Malcolm Fairbrother


This book is about the political events and decisions in the 1980s and 1990s that established the global economy we have today. Different social scientists and other commentators have described the foundations of globalization very differently. Some have linked the rise of free trade and multinational enterprises to the democratic expression of ordinary people’s hopes and desires; others have said they were a top-down project requiring, if anything, the circumvention of democracy. This book shows that politicians did not decide to embrace globalization because of the preferences of the mass pu ... More

Keywords: globalization, free trade, democracy, elites, NAFTA, economic ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190635459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190635459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm Fairbrother, author
Professor in the Department of Sociology, Umeå University, Sweden