The Global Middle Class: Is It Being Squeezed or Altered by Globalization?

Globalization has been widely heralded as the great societal equalizer for the 21st century. Programs to stimulate the rise of a global middle class have sprung up around the World. Is the West's middle class in fact being squeezed? Do the middle classes in emergent economies mirror the traditional middle class, or are they something new? And is the concept of a middle class on a global scale relevant today? He Fan, Shashi Tharoor, Amb. David Manning and Barry Lynn discuss with Priscilla Painton.

Festival: 2007

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