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International Economic Institutions

Globalism vs. Nationalism
Narrated by: Ramon P. DeGennaro
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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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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  • Doctor Bob
  • 2017-12-01

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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  • Pablo
  • 2017-06-01

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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  • wbiro
  • 2017-07-26

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.

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  • Gulija
  • 2018-03-22

Not recommended - unreliable an misleading content

I am othervise very satisfied with the Great Courses products and have been using their video courses directly or reading/listening to materials available from Kindle/Audible for a few years.
However, my level of dissatisfaction with this book compelled me to write a review in order to warn potential future users.
The book is on the one hand way oversimplifying the issues and on the other hand taking a lot of time to uselessly repeat the same notions.
The course is seriously outdated (on certain topics about 10 years of recent developments are missing).
There are numerous outright wrong definitions, descriptions and data - especially regarding the EU integrations; global banking regulation, supervision (incl. macroprudential and systemic level).

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  • E.
  • 2017-07-09

Informative

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

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  • Matthew
  • Lincoln City, OR, United States
  • 2018-02-15

Informative, but ideologically jaded.

The professor is an unabashed advocate of small government and laissez-faire economics. Quotes Hayek, Friedman, CATO Institute, Heritage Foundation and other conservative voices with steady consistency.

This doesn’t mean he’s wrong, just clearly biased. Fair warning.

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  • Benjamin E. Zalisko
  • Chicago
  • 2017-11-13

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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  • Matthew Lewis
  • 2017-08-31

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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  • Ryan
  • Mill Creek, WA, United States
  • 2019-05-12

Pretty Insightful

I would recommend this to anyone with a basic interest in economics, but most audiences would find this work a little dry. It's definitely insightful, and I think it does a decent job of reducing complex ideas to manageable parts.

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  • Edmond den Dekker
  • 2017-12-02

Genuinely enthusiastic & fluid narrator!

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