Globalization may be the most hotly debated issue surrounding poverty. The benefits and costs of global economic integration are critical and complex.
- Is a globalized, free-market economy part of the solution to economic injustice or part of the problem?
- Are the international monetary systems pursuing policies that will reduce poverty or are they serving the interests of the wealthy?
- What do pro-poor policy reforms look like in the areas of trade and foreign investment?
- What kinds of immigration restrictions or reforms are consistent with the Christian faith?
- Should development aid be awarded only to well-governed, democratic countries?
- Would unrestrained economic growth imply environmental destruction?
assembles leading economists to debate these and other issues surrounding globalization's effects on the poor. Writers urge an informed church to help identify the essentials of a Christian perspective on the societal, environmental and economic implications of globalization and to live accordingly.
Steve Rundle is associate professor of economics and business as mission at Biola University in La Mirada, California. His teaching and research interests are focused on the intersection between international economics and faith-based business. He is also the editor of Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization.