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Walden Bello is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives for Akbayan Party-List, president of the Freedom from Debt Coalition, a senior analyst at Focus on the Global South, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute. He is the author of 15 books on globalization, militarization, and related issues, including The Food Wars (2009), Walden Bello Introduces Ho Chi Minh (2007), Dilemmas of Domination: the Unmaking of the American Empire (2005), The Anti-Development State: the political economy of permanent crisis in the Philippines (2004) and Deglobalization: ideas for a new world economy (2004). His numerous articles have appeared in numerous periodicals including Review of International Political Economy, Third World Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Race and Class, Le Monde Diplomatique, Le Monde, Monthly Review, Jprunal of Peasant Studies, Guardian, Boston Globe, Far Eastern Economic Review and La Jornada. He is currently a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Internet edition) and Foreign Policy in Focus. He received South Korea's Suh Sang Don Prize in 2001, and in 2003 he was given the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, for "for outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalization, and how alternatives to it can be implemented... "
An academic as well as an activist, Bello obtained his PhD in sociology from Princeton University in the US in 1975 and served as a full professor at the University of the Philippines at Diliman from 1997 to 2009. He is currently also adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton and St. Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, a member of the board of editors of the Review of International Political Economy, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. He has also served as visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (2002), UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara (2006). He taught for four years, 1978-82, at UC Berkeley.
He was Chancellor's Fellow at UC Irvine in 2004 and was awarded an honorary PhD by Panteion University in Athens, Greece, in 2005. He was recently named Outstanding Public Scholar by the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) during its 49th annual convention in San Francisco in February 2008.
Development Debacle: the World Bank in the Philippines (1982), of which Bello was the lead author, was credited as having contributed to the emergence of a critical mass of middle-class opposition to the dictator Ferdinand Marcos that eventually led to the latter's overthrow in 1986. The book was based on over 3,000 pages of confidential documents that Bello and his colleagues retrieved from the World Bank. Bello's book Dragons in Distress: Asia's Miracle Economies in Crisis (1990), co-authored with Stephanie Rosenfeld, is widely regarded as having anticipated the Asian financial crisis of 1997. He was credited by the Economist in 2009 for coining the word "deglobalization" in his book Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy (2002).
As an activist against dictatorship, Bello was arrested for civil disobedience several times in the United States and spent time in jail in San Francisco. He was one of the leaders of an Asian Parliamentary and Civil Society Mission that went to Iraq in March 2003 in a last-ditch effort to forestall the US invasion of that country. In August 2006, he was also one of the leaders of an Asian peace delegation to Beirut, Lebanon, at the height of the Israeli bombardment of that city.

Recent Courses:

Globalization, Hegemony & Multilateral Organizations
The East Asian Developmental State

Recent Publications:

Book and Monographs:

  • Against the Grain: the Global Food Crisis (Provisional Title) (London: Verso, forthcoming [Fall 2009]
  • Walden Bello Presents Ho Chi Minh (London: Verso, 2007)
  • Dilemmas of Domination: the Unmaking of the American Empire (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2005)
  • Co-author, The Anti-Developmental State: the Political Economy of Permanent Crisis in the Philippines (London: Zed Books, 2004)
  • Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy (London. Zed Books, 2002)
  • The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance (Oakland: Food First, 2001)
  • Prospects forn Good Global Governance: the View from the South, Report Prepared for the Bundestag, Federal Republic of Germany, Oct. 25, 2001
  • Co-editor, Global Finance: New Thoughts on Regulating Speculative Markets (London: Zed Books, 2000)
  • Principal Author, A Siamese Tragedy: Development and Disintegration in Modern Thailand (London: Zed Books, 1998)

Selected Articles in Books, Journals:

  • "States and Markets, States versus Markets: The Developmental State Debate as the Distinctive East Asian Contribution to International Political Economy," in Mark Blyth, ed., The Routledge Handbook on International Political Economy (New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 180-200
  • "A Very Capitalist Disaster," Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 15, No 5 (December 2008)
  • "Southeast Asia on the Rollercoaster of Globalization," in Paul Bowles, Henry Veltmeyer, et al., Regional Perspectives on Globalization (London: Palgrave Macmilllan, 2007)
  • "The Capitalist Conjuncture: Overaccumulation, Financial Crises, and the Retreat from Globalization," Third World Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 8, 2006, pp. 1345-1368
  • "The Rise of the Relief and Reconstruction Complex, Columbia Journal of International Affairs," Vol. 59, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2006), pp. 281-296
  • "Globalization, Insecurity, and Overextension," in Annelies Heijmans, Nicola Simmonds, and Hans van de Veden, Searching for Peace in the Pacific (Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 2004)
  • "Globalization in Asia and China: Assessing Costs and Benefits," in Linking Alternative Regionalisms, Transnational Institute Briefing Series, No. 2004/11, Sept. 2004
  • "Parallel Crisis: Dysfunctional Crisis in Washington and Manila," in Corazon Villareal, Back to the Future: Perspectives on the Thomastite Legacy to Philippine Education (Manila: American Studies Association of the Philippines, 2003), pp. 80-91
  • "Global Capitalism versus Global Community," Race and Class, Vol. 44, No. 4,(April-June 2003), pp. 63-70
  • "In the Eyes of the World," Carolyn McConnell and Sara Ruth Van Gelder, Making Peace: Healing in a Violent World (Washington: Positive Futures Network, 2003), pp. 66-70

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