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Democratising Globalisation: The Leverage of the Tobin Tax
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Democratising Globalisation: The Leverage of the Tobin Tax (Paperback)

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In the 1970s Professor James Tobin proposed a very modest tax on currency transactions. This would make much speculative movement of funds unprofitable and the world financial system less volatile. The Tobin tax, if implemented with other regulatory measures, would be emancipatory. Global finance would be subjected to a process of deliberate control. It would bolster the autonomy of states. And it might transform the politics of globalization in the direction of more democratic control, social responsibility and justice.

But, the major problem has aways been the lack of political will. Tobin and his supporters have always assumed that the only feasible way to implement the new tax would be for all major financial centres to agree to it simultaneously. Dr Patomaki demonstrates that it is possible to proceed without universal consensus, and develops the idea of a Tobin tax organization (TTO) that would implement and supervise the process. The potentially huge annual revenues - eventually as much as $1 trillion - could be used for economic and social purposes determined globally, reviving the prospects of humanity moving towards a more just world order.

BusinessEconomicsInternational economicsBusinessFinance & accountingFinancePublic finance Publisher: Zed Books Ltd Publication Date: 31/08/2001 ISBN-13: 9781856498715  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Heikki Patomaki is a reader in international relations at Nottingham Trent University and research director of the Network Institute for Global Democratization. Prior to this, he was a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 1994-97. He is an active public speaker, contributor to the press, and consultant in his native country, Finland. He is also the author of a number of books and monographs in both English and Finnish. This, his most recent, book emerged as a response to the Asian and Russian financial crises. It has provided the intellectual basis of a campaign organised by the Centre for Development Cooperation in Helsinki (KEPA) to get the Tobin Tax on to the European political agenda. The book and the campaign have been worked out in cooperation with ATTAC in Paris.

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