Kimchi Matters by Marvin Zonis
Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis-Driven World

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With The Kimchi Matters, Marvin Zonis, Dan Lefkovitz, and Sam Wilkin return discussion of globalization and international relations to first principles. Globalization hype has obscured a few basic truths—that political stability and economic growth are usually determined on the local level, and that they are most affected by local institutions, leadership, corruption, and other such factors. The Kimchi Matters shows that globalization (and events like the Iraq War and the September 11 attacks) makes understanding the political economies of distant countries more important than ever. The book lays out an intuitive framework for making sense of international economic and political developments. Time and again, investors and foreign policymakers have been hurt because they failed to understand the kimchi—the unique local dynamics at work in a particular country or region. Investors, corporations, and everyone else with a stake in international peace, prosperity, and stability should take heed.
 

About Marvin Zonis

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Marvin Zonis is professor emeritus of international political economy at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Busines. He also works as a consultant to businesses and governments, has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, and appeared on numerous network television programs. His books include The Eastern European Opportunity and Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah.
 
Published March 1, 2009 by Agate Publishing. 356 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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"All politics is local," former House Speaker Tip O'Neill once famously remarked, and the adage holds true for economics as well, even in the era of globalization. In a world where loca

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Using kimchi, the flavorful Korean pickle, as a metaphor for unique regional sociocultural conditions, this trio of political analysts (Zonis runs the risk consulting firm where Lefkowitz works, while Wilkin works on similar projects for other clients) reminds readers that while powerful corporat...

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