Berkeley Labor Guides

Berkeley Labor Guides


Relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings
Other Guides
Organizations challenging globalization
Organizations supporting globalization
Policy-making Institutions

Author: Lincoln Cushing

Historically, many businesses and corporations have included operations outside their national borders to provide raw materials, manufacture products, and expand markets. However, the pace and extent of these methods have accelerated dramatically since the 1980s under a series of trade agreements promoted by the largest industrialized nations. These policies, which include NAFTA, GATT, FTAA, and others, have pitted the interests of huge transnational industries against many working people in the United States and abroad. This process is known as globalization.

The following directory is a selective list of key resources on this topic, and will be updated periodically as resources evolve.

Relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Commercial policy
Foreign trade regulation
International business enterprises
International trade
Trade-unions and foreign policy

NOTE: also search for materials with the British spelling "globalisation"

Call numbers and UC Berkeley library location in parentheses.


Other Guides

Bibliography on Globalization and Workers' Rights
Gathered by staff of the Henning Center, a developing bibliography on union responses to globalization. It includes articles and books on the related topics of free trade and globalization, specific sources on cross-border campaigns and strategy, and historical pieces on U.S. union internationalism.

WTO/GATT Research, October 15, 1999*, compiled by Rehberg, Jeanne, Reference Librarian for International and Foreign Law at New York University School of Law Library
"The World Trade Organization is using the Internet to make its documentation more accessible, but not every WTO/GATT question can be answered with an online source. For example, as is typical for most international organizations, the WTO documents online are limited to recent years. At least for now, comprehensive WTO/GATT research requires a mixture of print, microfiche, and electronic formats." (*Updated material promised for summer 2001)

World Trade Organization, research guide by the Boston University School of Law Library



The Amoral Elephant - Globalization and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century, by Tabb, William K., 2001, Monthly Review Press. (ISBN 1-58367-036-X)

A Citizen's Guide to the World Trade Organization - Everything you Need to Know to Fight for Fair Trade, by the Working Group on the WTO/MAI, 1999, Apex Press, NY [Not in library]

Across the Pacific : Asian Americans and Globalization, by the Asia Society, 1999, Temple University Press, 1999. (E184.O6 A28 1999, Main and Ethnic Studies Library)

British Columbia Forest Industry Conference, March 5, 1991 : the Globalization of the Forest Industry, by the British Columbia Forest Industry. (HD9764.C23 B724 1991, Biosciences and Natural Resources)

The Challenge of Global Capitalism : the World Economy in the 21st century, by Gilpin, Robert, 2000, Princeton University Press. (HF1359.G5515 2000, Business, Moffitt)

Critical Perspectives on Globalization and Neoliberalism in the Developing Countries, 2000, Leiden Publishers, Boston. (HF2580.9 .C75 2000, Anthropology)

Dimensions of Globalization, 2000, Sage Publications. (AQ .A45 v.570 2000, Main)

Globalisation of Industrial Activities : a Case Study of the Clothing Industry, 1994, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris. (HC240 .W9 v.2:60 1994, Main)

Globalization & Labor : the Effect of Imported Inputs on Blue Collar Workers, by Bardhan, Ashok Deo, 1998, Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California. (HD5710.75.U62 C28 Environmental Design, HD251.C34 P72 no.261, Business)

Globalization : a Critical Introduction, by Scholte, Jan Aart, 2000, St. Martin's Press, New York. (JZ1318 .S36 2000, Main)

Globalization : Critical Reflections, 1997, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO. (HF1359 .G45 1997, Anthropology)

Globalization and Civil Society : NGO Influence in International Decision-making, by Krut, Riva, 1997, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva. (JC362.K781 1997, Main)

Globalization and Culture, by Tomlinson, John, University of Chicago Press, 1999. (HM101.T633 1999, Main)

Globalization and Electronic Industry : Indian Experience, by Thakur, P. C., 2000, Manak Publications, New Delhi. (HD9696.A3.I5975 2000, Main)

Globalization and Inequality Then and Now : the Late 19th and late 20th Centuries Compared, by Williamson, Jeffrey G., 1995, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. (H62.5.U5 N351 no.5491, Business)

Globalization and its Discontents : [essays on the new mobility of people and money] , by Sassen, Saskia, 1998, New Press, New York. (HF1359.S277 1998, Main and Ethnic Studies)

Globalization and its Discontents, 2000, St. Martin's Press. (JZ1318.G583 2000, Main)

Globalization and Labor, Tubingen : Mohr Siebeck Publisher, 1999. (HD5710.7.G547 1999, Business)

Globalization and the Developing World : an Essay on the International Dimensions of Development in the Post-cold War Era, by Griffin, Keith B., 1992, UNRISD, Geneva. (HF1008 .G75 1992, Main)

Globalization and Third World Trade Unions : the Challenge of Rapid Economic Change, 1995, Zed Books. (HD6940.7.G58 1995, Main)

Globalization in Our Front Yard, 2000, by the Campaign for Labor Rights, Eugene, OR, ISBN 0-9679024-1-x,

Globalization of the Automobile Industry : the United States, Japan, and the People's Republic of China, by Yang, Xiaohua, 1995, Praeger Publishers. (HD9710.A2.Y36 1995, Business)

Globalization Strategy in the Hotel Industry, by Go, Frank M., 1995, Routledge. (TX911.3.P46.G64 1995, Business)

Globalization, by Waters, Malcolm, 2001, Routledge. (HF1359.W39 2001, Business)

Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers, by Scheve, Kenneth F. and Slaughter, Matthew J., 2001, Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC. (HD5710.75.U6 S34 2001, Business)

Globalization and Unemployment, edited by Helmut Wagner, 2000, Springer Publications. (HD5710.7 .G553 2000, Business)

Globalization, Culture, and Women's Development, Jaipur : Rawat Publications, 1999. (HQ1742 .G63 1999, Main)

Globalization and Labour in the Asia Pacific Region, edited by Rowley, Chris and Benson, John, Frank, 2000, Cass Publishers. (HD5710.75.A78.G58 2000 , Business)

Globalization and Labour Relations, edited by Peter Leisink, 1999, Edward Elgar Publishers. (HD5710.7 .G548 1999, Business)

Globalization, Outsourcing, and Wage Inequality, by Feenstra, Robert C. , 1996, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. (H62.5.U5 N351 no.5424, Business)

Globalization, Technological Change, and Labor Markets, 1998, Kluwer Publishing, Boston. (HD5710.75.G3 G58 1998, Business)

Growth, Inequality and Globalization : Theory, History, and Policy, by Aghion, Philippe, 1998, Cambridge University Press. (HD75.A339 1998, Main)

Inequality, Globalization, and World Politics, 1999, edited by Hurrell, Andrew and Woods-Oxford, Ngaire, University Press. (JZ1305.I54 1999, Main)

Information and Globalization : Wage Co-movements, Labor Demand Elasticity, and Conventional Trade Liberalization, by Rauch, James E., 2000, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. (H62.5.U5 N351 no.7671, Business), electronic location

Is Globalization Today Really Different than Globalization a Hundred Years Ago?, by Bordo, Michael. D., NBER working paper series, Cambridge, MA., National Bureau of Economic Research. (H62.5.U5.N351 number 7195, Business and Economics), electronic location

Land, Labor and Globalization in the Pre-industrial Third World, by Williamson, Jeffrey G., 2000, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. (H62.5.U5 N351 no.7784, Business), electronic location

Logics of Resistance : Globalization and Telephone Unionism in Mexico and British Columbia, by Dubb, Steve, 1999, Garland Publishers, New York. (HD6475.T3 D63 1999, Business)

Rethinking Globalization : Production, Politics, Actions, by Worthington, Richard, 2000, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. (HF1359 .W687 2000, Business)

The Globalization of Industry : Implications for Developing Countries Beyond 2000, 1996, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna. (HF1359.G562 1996, GSSI)

Towards a Socially Sustainable World Economy : an Analysis of the Social Pillars of Globalization, by Torres, Raymond, 2001, International Labor Organization, Geneva. (HF1418.5 .T67 2001, IIRL and Main)

Vanishing Borders, by French, Hilary, 2000, Norton Publishers, NY. (HF1379.F734 2000, Business, Biosciences and Natural Resources, Main)


Organizations challenging globalization

Commission for Labor Cooperation

Corporate Accountability Project
"Of the world's 100 largest economies, 51 are now global corporations, rather than countries."

"Holding Corporations Accountable"

Economic Policy Institute
"The mission of the Economic Policy Institute is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people."

Global Exchange
Various campaigns to pressure the ruling institutions for change and to build alternative economic institutions are designed to link global analysis with local action.

Globalization: A Primer, by the Center for Economic and Policy Research

International Forum of Globalization
"An alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization."

International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), Belgium.

Jobs With Justice
A national campaign for workers' rights that works through coalitions of labor, community, religious and constituency organizations.

LabourNet - International Labour Solidarity Web Site

Public Citizen
Eyes on Trade: Public Citizen's Blog on Globalization and Trade

The International Labour Organization / Bureau for Workers' Activities
"Labour Market Trends and Globalization's Impact on Them"

United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), International Labor Information and Action Site

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and Agriculture and Trade Policy Trade Observatory


Organizations supporting globalization

Enter Stage Right
Conservative newsletter, includes articles such as this anti-sweatshop organizing position paper.

Globalization Research Center, by ("Chief Information Officer", not Congress of Industrial Organizations)


Policy-making Institutions

The World Bank

International Monetary Fund
"Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

The World Trade Organization