IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

The Inequality of Nations

Listed author(s):
  • Freeman, Alan

This is a prepublication version of an analysis of the world economy which appeared in ‘The Inequality of Nations’ in Freeman, A, and Boris Kagarlitsky (eds) (2004) The Politics of Empire: Globalisation in crisis. London: Pluto Press. ISBN: 0 74532 183 6. It develops and presents rigorously much of the analysis of ‘The New world order and the failure of globalisation’ presented to the annual conference of the British International Studies Association in 2002. To this it adds a substantial analysis of inequality within the main continental blocs in the economy today. It uses data published by the IMF’s World Economic Outlook team to assess the progress of inequality and grown since ‘globalisation’, understood as the period of intense financial deregulation and the creation of a world market in capital. It establishes that over the period of globalisation world inequality, measured as the ratio of income per capita in the global south as a whole and the global north as a whole, has more than doubled, whilst growth has been largely static. Inequality between the nations making up the ‘global south’ has however decreased rather than increased; thus the world economy retains, in a remarkably stable manner, the same characteristics it has possessed since 1914. It contains a bloc of rich nations containing about one fifth the population of the world, and the remainder, containing four-fifth the population, with inequality between the two blocs rising secularly in the long run. The article argues that competition between advanced nations now takes place on a continental scale, a process driving European responses to the crisis of US hegemony, and that responses from within the global south can be expected to acquire also a continental dimension. Documents containing charts and slides used to present the material to a seminar organised by the Norway Social Forum in Oslo, June 2003 may be obtained from the author

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
File Function: original version
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 5589.

in new window

Date of creation: 2004
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:5589
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Ludwigstraße 33, D-80539 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49-(0)89-2180-2459
Fax: +49-(0)89-2180-992459
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:5589. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Joachim Winter)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.