Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy

By Marvin Zonis, Dan Lefkovitz, Sam Wilkin, Joseph Yackley
"Risk Rules" is a comprehensive updating of the authors' critically praised "The Kimchi Matters" (Agate B2, 2005). The authors, a group of present and former University of Chicago political risk experts, return discussion of globalization and international relations to first principles. Globalization hype has obscured a few basic truths--that political stability and economic growth are usually determined on the local level, and that they're most affected by local institutions, leadership, corruption, and other such factors. Risk Rules shows that globalization (and events like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the September 11 attacks) makes understanding the political economies of distant countries more important than ever.
Time and again, investors and foreign policymakers have been hurt because they haven't understood the unique local dynamics at work in a particular country or region. This truth holds for companies venturing abroad and for policymakers contemplating foreign challenges, and no less for small investors, voters, and others whose lives and finances are increasingly affected by distant world events. "Risk Rules" lays out an intuitive framework for making sense of international economic and political developments, whether negative (why markets in Argentina collapsed; why Russia stumbled, then rebounded, then stumbled again; why U.S. allies


Starting with the Iranian revolution and the overthrow of the Shah, Marvin Zonis has been a trusted voice of reason in the analysis of political stability, regime change and US foreign policy... His message: political stability and economic growth are usually determined at the local level. Despite all the theories of modernization, westernization and globalization, Marvin Zonis compiled thirty years of real life case studies where local institutions, local leadership and local circumstances affect outside forces of change rather than are affected by them...[Risk Rules] demonstrates how the recent overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt, uprisings in Tunis and Yemen, the global recession trigged by the US credit crisis in 2008 and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, are results of the failure to understand the political economies of different countries and cultures. Somebody should lend a copy of Risk Rules to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.--Jill Swenson "Swenson Book Development "


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Publisher Agate B2
Publish date 05/03/2011
Pages 354
ISBN-13 9781932841596
ISBN-10 1932841598
Language English

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