Books

Paus, Eva. 2018. ed. Confronting Dystopia. The New Technological Revolution and the Future of Work. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

In Confronting Dystopia, a distinguished group of scholars analzye the implications of the ongoing technological revolution for jobs, working conditions, and income. Focusing on the economic and political implications of AI, digital connectivity, and robotics for both the Global North and the Global South, they move beyond diagnostics to seek solutions that offer better lives for all. Their analyses of the challenges are placed against the backdrop of three decades of rapid economic globalization. The two in tandem are producing the daunting challenges that analysts and policymakers must now confront.

The conjuncture of recent advances in AI, machine learning, and robotization portends a vast displacement of human labor, argues the editor, Eva Paus. As Confronting Dystopia shows, we are on the eve of -- indeed we are already amid -- a technological revolution thst will impact profoundly the livelihoods of people everywhere in the world.

Across a broad and deep set of topics, the contributors explore whether the need for labor will inexorably shrink in the coming decades, how pressure on employment will impact human well-being, and what new institutional arrangements - a new social contract, for example -- will be needed to sustain livelihods. They evaluate such proposals as a basic income, universal social services, and investments that address key global challenges and create new jobs.

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Paus, Eva. 2013. ed. Getting Development Right. Structural Transformation, Inclusion and Sustainablity in the Post-Crisis Era, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.

The celebratory tone about the emergence of the BRICs and the improved growth in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America during the 2000s obscures the reality that, for large parts of the developing world, the challenges of development are more acute than ever before. After three decades of Washington Consensus policies, deepening globalization, and China's and India's increasing competitiveness in ever more goods and services, many developing countries are now facing three critical challenges: how to engender a transformation of the production structure that creates many more productive jobs, how to make growth more inclusive, and how to stimulate a growth process compatible with environmental sustainability. Getting Development Right brings together some of the most renowned development scholars and practitioners from multiple academic disciplines and policy perspectives to analyze important facets of this triple challenge and suggest strategies for overcoming the challenges in the current age of globalization. Unlike other books on development, Getting Development Right looks at the current global crisis and short-term growth opportunities from a long-term perspective, emphasizing that the three main challenges are interlinked, and that strategies and policies must recognize these interconnections to address different aspectsof the challenges concomitantly.

Paus, Eva, Penelope Prime, Jon Western. 2009. eds. Global Giant. Is China Changing the Rules of the Game? New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.

In this book leading scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and perspectives analyze how China’s phenomenal transformation and growth over the past two decades is challenging the rules of the game, internally and globally. They focus on three critical areas: the internal economic, environmental and political sustainability of China’s development strategies; the economic development options for the rest of the developing world; and the continued economic and geo‐political dominance of the United States. With its breadth of coverage and attention to the interconnections among these pivotal issues, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the implications of the rise of China.

Paus, Eva. 2007. ed. Global Capitalism Unbound. Winners and Losers from Offshore Outsourcing. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.

The rapid growth of offshore outsourcing in manufacturing and IT-based services is unleashing dramatic changes around the world. This book brings together leading scholars and practitioners to analyze the implications of this huge transformation. For some observers, offshore outsourcing promises more rapid economic growth for both developed and developing countries. For others, it unravels the social contract in today’s rich countries, as labor and governments lose bargaining power vis-à-vis globally mobile capital. For yet others, it offers some developing countries the opportunity to leapfrog, while pushing others even further to the sidelines. This book provides a uniquely comprehensive, yet diverse account of the winners and losers from offshore outsourcing and of how policy might be used to spread its benefits more widely and equally.

Paus, Eva. 2007. Inversión Extranjera, Desarrollo, y Globalización. Puede Costa Rica Emular a Irlanda? San José: University of Costa Rica

Paus, Eva. 2005. Foreign Investment, Development, and Globalization. Can Costa Rica Become Ireland? New York and London, Palgrave Macmillan.

This book engages the question, hotly debated among theorists and policymakers alike, of how a developing country's pursuit of foreign direct investment (FDI) affects its development prospects in a globalized world. Can small latecomers (SLCs) to economic development use high-tech FDI to rapidly expand indigenous capabilities, thus shortcutting stages of the development process? What conditions, economic and non-economic, must be met for this strategy to succeed?

Using the cases of Costa Rica and Ireland, the author argues that unless SCLs can summon the political will and economic resources necessary to address pervasive market failures, foreign investment will not advance SLCs' knowledge-based assets, upon which development ultimately depends. She shows how the dynamics of the FDI-development nexus have changed over time, rendering problematic Costa Rica's attempt, and those of other latecomers, to replicate the Celtic Tiger's success story.

Combining theoretical heterodoxy, comparative empirical analysis, and original research, including interviews with government policy-makers and corporate decision-makers, the book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the FDI-development nexus in the age of globalization.

Paus, Eva and Harriet Pollatsek. 1992. Rates of Change: Modelling Population and Resources, Sloan Foundation, New Liberal Arts Monograph Series.

Paus, Eva. 1988. ed. Struggle Against Dependence. Nontraditional Export Growth in Central America and the Caribbean. Boulder and London: Westview Press.

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