Winners and Losers with Globalization

(rough approximation)

As adapted from Globalization: Threat or Opportunity? by Paul Streeten.
Copyright © Copenhagen Business School Press, 2001. Page 30.


The North (Japan, The U.S., Europe) and parts of Asia


People with Assets


The highly skilled and educated

Professional, managerial, and technical people

People able to adjust to new situations quickly and easily


Those independent of public services

Large firms


The strong

Risk Takers

Global Markets

Sellers of technologically advanced equipment

Global Culture

Global Peace


Many developing countries (including most of Africa and Latin America)


People without Assets


People without skills

The uneducated


People unable to adjust to new situations easily


Those dependent on public services

Small Firms

women and children

Human Security

Local communities

Sellers of primary and manufactured products

Local Cultures

Local troubles (here referring to Russia, Mexico and Turkey)


Businessmen and Economists


Environmentalists, Working People, Consumer Rights Groups, Family Organizations, Farmers, Religious Organizations, Advocates of democracy, Zapatistas

Note 1 - It is worth noting that those with assets can often benefit more than those with skills. An example is the case of a friend who created a new safety feature for automobiles. Because all larger corporations own the ideas of their employees he was given $1000 and a plaque for his new patent. The company kept the rest. This goes into the question of intellectual property which is running alongside that of globalization

Note 2 - I had to leave the Zapatistas in.