Book Review Section Henry, Clement M. and Robert Springborg (2001), Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 052162312X (Hb), £37.50. Much has been written about globalization and its impact on developing economies. Some have argued that the rapid integration of national economies in a global network of commerce, trade, communication and production has adversely affected the ability of national entities to govern their affairs independently. Others have approached globalization from a different angle, highlighting the great promises that integration holds for developing economies by providing them with new opportunities and access to technical knowledge. The authors of the title under review do not make explicit their af liation with one or the other perspective. But their underlying assumptions seem to favour the latter approach. Henry and Springborg argue that globalization in the Middle East is generally seen as a process akin to colonization. Consequently, the current leadership in most Middle Eastern states, regardless of their type of government, tends to use a political criteria when responding to the forces of globalization. This generally re ects their number one priority: maintaining power. Globalization, complete with its components of free trade,
Comparative Sociology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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