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Paul Adler publishes e book about globalization and activism


Paul Adler publishes e book about globalization and activism


Paul Adler, Assistant Professor of History at Colorado College, recently published his first book, “No Globalization Without Representation.” The book, subtitled “US Activists and World Inequality,” tells the story of how consumer and environmental activists became major players in US and world politics at the end of the 20th century. The book also starts a new series from the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled “Power, Politics, and the World.”

The book begins by examining an important, but often minimized, political force from the 1960s: progressivism in the public interest. Led by activists like Ralph Nader, public interest progressives opposed corporate power and helped enforce critical consumer and environmental protection measures. They did this primarily by lobbying and suing to change government. In the late 1970s, some public interest groups expanded their work beyond US borders to challenge multinational corporations.

Adler writes that nonprofit interest groups such as the Sierra Club and Public Citizen have helped forge a progressive coalition that continues to call for comprehensive reforms of the global economy – as evidenced by the US government’s recent call to renounce intellectuals. states ownership rules for COVID vaccines. From the boycott of Nestlé in the 1970s to lobbying against NAFTA to the “Battle of Seattle” protests against the World Trade Organization in the 1990s, these groups have left deep marks.

“No Globalization Without Representation” tells their stories while also showing how public interest groups helped a version of liberalism poised to challenge corporate power did not disappear from US politics in the 1980s and 1990s. The book also sheds light on how professionalized organizations became such a crucial part of liberal activism – and how this has affected the course of US politics to this day.

Adler has been with the Colorado College History Department since 2018, teaching courses on US history, the global cold war, international political economy, and social movements. His research and teaching focuses on the interfaces between politics, social movements and business.


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