Reclaiming the Future

Reclaiming the Future

New Zealand and the Global Economy

Jane Kelsey’s exploration of the effects of globalisation on the New Zealand economy was eye-opening when published in 1999. She offered a trenchantly expressed response to the neoliberal slogan of the time, ‘There is no alternative.’ Kelsey’s analysis remains a critical yardstick for current policies and an alternative perspective on the development of global relationships.

The recent global financial meltdown and subsequent recession give new relevance to her questions about globalisation’s consequences for sovereignty and democracy. Kelsey continues to offer a bold voice of challenge and critique, pointing the way for open-eyed engagement with the economic realities of the future.

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Table of contents


1. Putting Globalisation in Perspective
2. Constructing Orthodoxy
3. Leading the World
4. 'Free' Investment
5. Transnational Enterprise
6. 'Free' Trade
7. The World Trade Organisation
8. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
9. The Multilateral Agreement on Investment
10. Reclaiming the Future

Appendix: Figures 1-6

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2015
Pages: 434
ISBN: 9781877242014
ISTC: A0220120000212A2
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242014

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'Jane Kelsey’s principled, meticulous work is an inspiration to all of us … she not only analyses the impact of globalisation, she offers a rare way out of the devastation.' John Pilger

'This is required reading for anyone who wants to help reclaim a New Zealand lost to Treasury ideologues in 1984. Recommended.' Metro

'Reclaiming the Future is an excellent contribution to the globalisation debate.' Evening Post

'A robust challenge to prevailing belief in the inevitability of globalisation and the erosion of national sovereignty. Kelsey does a fine job demolishing the weak and one-sided claims made in this country about the benefits of foreign direct investment.' Political Science

'A particularly timely contribution. Although its focus is on New Zealand it has more general relevance in challenging the myths about how the inevitability of globalisation swamps possibilities for more progressive domestic economic and social policies.' Journal of Australian Political Economy