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Professor Robin Broad

Selected Books

Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match, with John Cavanagh (Paradigm Publishers, 2009)

"Development Redefined offers an invaluable rethinking of development theory and practice by two of the world's most respected scholars/citizens. Their experience, insight, knowledge, activist commitment, and engaging style make this book indispensable reading for anyone concerned with global economic justice and making the world a better place." -- Richard Falk, professor at Princeton University and the University of California-Santa Barbara

"The gripping story of the big lies, the sly co-optations and the backroom deals that disguised a fierce contest as a fake consensus. This is a people's history of the rise of corporate rule and there could be no more trusted or surefooted guides than Robin Broad and John Cavanagh." -- Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

"To end poverty, it is critical to understand its roots. Broad and Cavanagh dig deep to uncover the origins of poverty and they offer paths to a better future.... A terrific antidote to the popular misconceptions spread by Thomas Freidman and Jeffrey Sachs." -- Vandana Shiva, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in India, and author of Water Wars and Earth Democracy

To read an article about a book discussion of Development Redefined at the World Bank on February 24, 2009, click here.

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SIS Global Backlash

Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002)

 “This is an excellent book! The format, substance, biographical material, choice of original selections, and writing style are splendid. . . . Broad states she was motivated to produce this book because of her 'frustration over the simplistic way in which opposition to current forms of globalization was portrayed in the mainstream media.' ... [V]ery insightful. Recommended for general readers; academic audiences; upper-division undergraduates and up; and professionals.” -- Choice

“Robin Broad gathers together a wide spectrum of views on economic globalization to complicate the debate.... [A] volume destined for the knapsacks of college students across the country.” -- Publishers Weekly

"[A] guide to navigating the backlash.... a stimulating introduction to some of the solutions behind those noisy protests, and it illustrates why those protests are important." -- Environmental Politics

Links to Introduction and Chapter 1.

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Plundering Paradise

Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines, with John Cavanaugh (University of California Press, 1994)

“A book that combines the close observations and engaging style of a good travelogue with an analysis grounded in a deep knowledge of the Philippines.... Few books chronicle the struggles of common citizens to protect the environment that supports their livelihood.  This one does so extremely well and is recommended to both academic and public libraries.”  -- Library Journal

“A superb book” ... by “master storytellers.”  “It is an important empirical contribution to environmental sociology, social movements, and development studies.”  An “exceptional book.”  -- Contemporary Sociology

“The book is remarkably insightful, the writing style sophisticated.... [C]ontextualised, nuanced, and...backed by extensive research.  Plundering Paradise is a must for northern environmentalists.” -- Third World Quarterly

Link to Chapters 1 & 2

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Unequal Alliance

Unequal Alliance: The World Bank, the IMF, and the Philippines (University of California Press, 1990)

"This seminal work details the Philippine experiment with the International Monetary Fund/World Bank structural adjustment model of development....Well written, superbly organized, and thoroughly researched, this book is must reading.” -- Choice

“Never ... has there been a case study [of structural adjustment] of this depth, based on both internal sources and participant interviews.  What makes this effort even more arresting is the rigorous use of Bank-Fund criteria to refute its own model.” -- World Development

"This is an extremely interesting book about the political economy of the Philippines.... The study has wide relevance ... for all countries suffering from mounting external debt and which have been prescribed the antidote of structural adjustment. The book provides compelling evidence from the Philippines to show that such a cure is inappropriate to the malaise and argues for a different approach to the problem. The book...should be read by all those who are interested in development problems in the Third World." -- The Economic Journal

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