This informative book provides insight into the effects of economic and political globalization on development by highlighting the roles of, and relationships among, the two prime shapers of the globalization process: multinational firms and governments. It enhances the understanding of the role that foreign firms have played, and can play, in furthering economic and social development in developing countries, and assesses the effectiveness of the 'political network strategies' of developing countries. Providing an overview of a topical and extremely important subject, this outstanding book, illustrated with international case studies, combines theory with practice to provide strategic lessons for policy makers and those teaching and studying development, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations and corporate social responsibility in the global arena.
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Erasmus University, the Netherlands
Part 1: Introduction - Setting the Scene Introduction: Development in an Inter-Connected World 2. The Impact of Global Actors on Development: A Trade-Off Between Costs and Benefits 3. An International Network Approach Part 2: International Networks of States Introduction: A Network Approach to International Relations 4. Bilateral and Regional Trade and Investment Agreements 5. Bargaining in International Organizations: The World Bank, the IMF and the WTO 6. Informal State Networks Aimed at Development: OPEC, Cairns, G77. Conclusion: International Networks of States in Action Part 3: International Networks of Firms Introduction: A Network Approach to International Business 7. Patterns of Firm Networks: Macro Level - FDI and Trade 8. Patterns of International Firm Networks: Micro Level - D&B, Cases. Conclusion: International Firms Networks in Action Part 4: Networks of States and Firms in Interaction Introduction: A Network Approach to International Political Economy 9. The Effects of Interaction on Development: The Effectiveness of International Network Strategies for Development 10. Policy Recommendations: Dealing With FDI and Development in the Future