Failure of Global Capitalism

Terry Gibbs, Garry Leech,

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ISBN: 9781897009321

Failure of Global Capitalism

  Author:   Terry Gibbs, Garry Leech,  
  Publisher:  Cape Breton University Press

What do Cape Breton and Colombia have in common? Coal for one thing. Coal mining was the backbone for Cape Breton’s industrial economy for more than one hundred years, but the last mine was closed in 2001 when the province’s utility company took advantage of neoliberal globalization by importing coal –from Colombia.

Colombia and Cape Breton represent the loss of well-paid, unionized industrial jobs as a result of neolibral globalization of capitalist system: militant labour struggles, repression, economic insecurity, population displacement, social inequality and environmental devastation.

The Failure of Global Capitalism uses the examples of Cape Breton and Colombia to illustrate the harsh realities suffered by people throughout the global North and the global South under neolibral globalization, particularly with regard to socio-economics and environmental issues. Ultimately expose the failure to industrial capitalism, and look toward more sustainable and egalitarian alternatives.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781897009321
Item CB0051
PublisherCape Breton University Press
PublisherCape Breton University Press
Published on March 1 2009
Language eng
Pages 180
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight245(g)
Terry Gibbs is an assistant professor of Political Science and director of the Centre for Industrial Studies at Cape Breton University. She specializes in issues related to democracy and globalization. Gibbs is a contributor to the book New Perspectives on Globalization and Antiglobalization: Prospects for a New World Order (Ashgate Publishing, 2008) and her articles have been published in various journals.

Garry Leech is an independent journalist and editor of Colombia Journal ( He is the author of several books, including Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon Press, 2008) and Crude Interventions: The United States, Oil and the New World (Dis)Order (Zed Books, 2006). He is also the co-author of The People Behind Colombian Coal: Mining, Multinationals and Human Rights (Pisando Callos, 2007). Leech is a lecturer in Political Science at Cape Breton University.