Monthly Archives: March 2009

Episode 8. David Grewal on Network Power

The evolving global order has liberalized trade in goods, capital, ideas, and, to a lesser extent, people within a multilateral and market-oriented framework. Debates on globalization have focused on the question of whether this order is morally defensible.

The arguments are as diverse as they are forceful. Some decry the order entirely, or claim that at the very least it is much inferior to alternative forms of globalization. Others object that is coercively imposed by powerful, affluent countries—a new and pernicious kind of imperial control. Even apparently voluntary processes, such as learning English or joining the World Trade Organization, are viewed as the result of the use of power of a morally problematic sort. Still others have rushed to defend globalization in its current form, arguing that it is certainly the best that can be feasibly be hoped for, at least for now. These enthusiasts argue that increasing globalization is developing not through the use of power, but through the free choices of people and countries throughout the world.

How is one to make sense of this debate and evaluate these claims? Today on Public Ethics Radio, we discuss globalization with David Grewal of Harvard University.

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Announcing a Public Ethics column

Here’s something to keep you busy between PER episodes. Christian and I are going to start writing a regular column in the online magazine Policy Innovations. It’ll be called the Public Ethicist–or something like that. We’re still working out the details.

Our pilot article is up there now. We take a look at pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline’s decision to cut some prices in developing countries. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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New episodes coming soon

That’s right: new episodes coming soon! After a bit of an unplanned hiatus, we’re back at work churning out listening material for you fine listeners.

First on deck, the long-promised David Grewal discussion on network power. That should hit the tubes next week.

Followed, in no particular order, by Jennifer Ruger on public health priorities for the Obama administration, Sanjay Reddy on assessing poverty, and Jedediah Purdy on a topic to be announced. Check back soon for more details.

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