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By Philippe Legrain 2 COMMENTS

I'm writing a new book, on the future of globalisation. It will look at
the risks to globalisation from the ongoing crisis (such as
protectionism, nationalism and political extremism) and ask what needs
to change in the global economy – and what shouldn't. As with my
previous books, this will involve a combination of first-hand
reporting, economic and political analysis, and reasoned argument.

As part of my research, I am reading a lot, talking to lots of people,
and travelling around the world. I'd be really grateful if you could
suggest papers I should read, people I should talk to, and places I
should visit. I'm particularly interested in hearing about people that
the mainstream media often neglects.

You may be able to point me to a small business in China whose exports
have evaporated and whose migrant workers are going home, or to one
that is prospering by taking on a new line of work.

You may know Icelandic people who can relate how their lives have been turned upside down by the financial collapse.

You may have connections to communities in Australia that until
recently were booming by exporting to China, and drawing in lots of
foreign workers as a result; how are they coping?

You may know Mexicans who have gone home from the US, or Poles who have left the UK or Ireland, because of the recession.

And amid all the gloom and despair, what new opportunities are emerging
that could help build a better and fairer global economy?

Or something else entirely.

Please email me on mail AT philippelegrain DOT com

I'll get back to you if I think there could be a fit.

Thank you very much.

Posted 20 Mar 2009 in Blog
  1. Mikko says:

    You should take a look at the golden age of liberalism in the 19th century, the long depression of 1873 (which bears similarities to today’s scenario) and how free trade turned into power blocks and protectionism starting around that time and ended up in two world wars.
    I don’t know if there is a (strong) causation between those events, but I think it is worth having a look in.

  2. Lee says:

    Couple of ideas:
    Alain de Botton – The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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