Freedom from Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy

May 21, 2008
Mercatus Center

The Social Change Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University presents a Brown Bag Lecture by Ed Gresser, Director of the Trade and Global Markets Project at the Progressive Policy Institute on his book Freedom From Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy.

 Mr. Gresser’s talk will discuss how American liberals who oppose globalization have unwittingly turned their backs on the poor. By reaching back to the American tradition of liberal internationalism, Mr. Gresser’s book seeks to restore the liberal vision of the global economy.

Mr. Gresser served as Policy Advisor to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky as well as a Policy Director for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) between 1993 and 1998. As a project director at the Progressive Policy Institute, his major research focuses include economic relations between the west and the Muslim world, East Asian integration and American trade relations with China, the U.S. tariff system and its effects on low-income families and least-developed countries as well as many other topics. Mr. Gresser holds a BA from Stanford University, a Master’s from Columbia University and a Certificate from the Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union.