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Since the end of World War II, groups such as the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Union, and G-20 have sprung up with a variety of missions, including promoting trade, ensuring financial stability, eradicating poverty, and advancing sustainable economic growth. Behind these worthy goals is the ultimate aim: preventing the kind of global economic instability that can easily lead to war.

But while such organizations are trying to knit the world more tightly together, in many countries the voices of populism and nationalism are objecting that the price of lost sovereignty is too high and that traditions and customs are being lost. Furthermore, such organizations have the failings common to all human institutions. Do they really work? Have some saved us from disaster? Are we better off without others? What is the best route to prosperity, and do these groups help smooth the way or obstruct it?

International Economic Institutions: Globalism vs. Nationalism uses these influential bodies as a lens to study today's globalized economy. In 24 eye-opening half-hour lectures, award-winning teacher and economist Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, conducts you through the dizzying array of institutions, their backgrounds, their goals, and the important roles they play in the economic life of the entire world.

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Surprisingly Interesting

I was braced for an excruciatingly boring experience, and I would have stuck it out until the end, but I was relievedly (my word) surprised at how interesting I found the various topics.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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OK, but a little "preachy" for my taste.

The lecturer is a little longer on opinion and shorter on insight than I am used to. If the course is taken as introductory, beware the opinionated content.

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Too general, personal, and unfocused on the topic

It’s a long, personal, center-right take on financial history, but goes into very little detail about international institutions. If you’re already very familiar with the imf, wto, wb, g20, etc, and recessions, you might be interested to hear his take on them. However, as a novice looking for a course on fundamentals, I didn’t learn much from him.

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  • E.
  • 07-09-17

Informative

Very knowledgeable presenter. It serves as a very good introduction to international economic institutions. Thanks

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Genuinely enthusiastic & fluid narrator!

Love this audiobook.
I’m an economic noob so it was worth every penny for me.

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Not a Great Course

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was fortunate to understand the main international institutions before I started listening. The author assumes you know what an austerity program from the IMF means, for example. To be a "great course" it should start by explaining to create understanding. Further, when there are multiple explanations for things, he says there are X explanations, but then generally skips all but the one he likes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Artemis, the new book by the Martian guy.

What three words best describe Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro’s performance?

Weak, mispronouncing, hesitant

Was International Economic Institutions worth the listening time?

Yes and no. I found it frustrating. For example, there are four institutional frameworks for banking in the past 100 years (the laizze faire before the depression, Glass-Steagal and its cousins from then until the 1990s, de-regulation in the 1990s until 2010 or so, then re-regulation under Dodd Frank). Why not compare the four, rather than make broad stoke statements about pieces of each? I found myself starting to get engaged frequently, only to find the author moving on to another topic before I thought the previous one was complete.

Any additional comments?

He quotes a lot of non-economists, and a lot of folks on the far right of the spectrum. He uses a straw man Keynesian, rather than talk about Keynes. Be nice to have him compare and contrast both sides (that's what should happen in a course), rather than take one side.

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overtly biased and political

low on economics, high on unreflected personal opinions on political systems. Performance of work has a smug tone.

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decent content, subpar narration.

The breadth and detail of content covering international financial markets was enlightening. However, the narrator sounds like he's going through puberty.

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  • Michael Kosmides
  • 06-13-17

Informative but biased

If you could sum up International Economic Institutions in three words, what would they be?

Informative, biased, neo-liberal

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much so. The story of the international financial institutions is fascinating

Any additional comments?

The lecture is very informative but has a clear neo-liberal bias, which should be added as a 'health warning'.

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  • BrianP
  • 06-05-17

Neoliberal nonsense

It is amazing that after thirty years of the failed neoliberal experiment, with inequality soaring, growth stalling, innovation freewheeling on the research of the Bretton Woods era and ordinary people being drawn by their total neglect by the elite to causes such as Trump and Brexit that a supposed respected academic can bear to utter the words in this book. The author early on makes the quite correct point that correlation does not equate to causality, but then throughout the lectures proceeds to use correlation to support his ideology whenever it suits him. Instead of listening to this nonsense, get an evidence-based picture of the true state of our modern society from books like "The Spirit Level", "The Great Divide", "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" and "Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions" (also available from Audible)

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  • James Shields
  • 07-24-17

Very well-informed and crystal-clear presentation

I heartily recommend this book, even if I don't share his confidence in markets and his disdain for government.

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  • Lazmac
  • 05-18-17

Content is great, but too many references

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

possible but unlikely

Any additional comments?

The course covers the range of institutions well, but Professor DeGennaro references far too many of his points, which is unhelpful in a lecture series like this. Overall though recommended for anyone with an interest in the subject.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful