Citizenship is now a key battleground in the fight over the direction of personal and political morality, domestic and global policy, social justice and the spread of violence across the world. Market Citizenship: Experiments in Democracy and Globalization offers a compelling account of the past and future of citizenship. Drawing on a rich fund of empirical material, author Amanda Root analyzes a new paradigm of social relations: market citizenship.
Chapter 7: Fair or Free Trade?
In this chapter we discuss the almost paradigmatic example of using markets as a model. We will look at the case for arguing that free trade, rather than aid, is the best way to increase wealth and productivity and allowing poor countries to help themselves. In this example, markets are taken literally as examples of best practice. This chapter will discuss what free trade means, although this is a highly contested term. This chapter is written in the light of meetings of the WTO, a global arbiter and enforcer of the rules of free trade, which ended in uproar because no new agreement on the rules of world trade could be reached. The industrialized world was confronted with ...