Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge
DescriptionCalifornia's economy and land mass are bigger than those of many nations. It influences the world through movies, music and television as well as its top universities and research labs. And with 27 percent of residents born abroad, it is predisposed to international trade and investment and dependent on its immigrant work force.
Yet California lacks ideas, policies and institutions commensurate with the state's high stakes and global clout, according to Abraham Lowenthal, author of "Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge." Many of the state's philosophies and structures date to the mid-20th century, when California was turned inward. Though it revived its international qualities, the state failed to adopt attitudes, policies and institutions to match, Lowenthal says.
Lowenthal is the Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development at the University of Southern California, president emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. A recognized authority on Latin America and U.S.-Latin American relations, he was the founding director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Latin American Program, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Pacific Council. Lowenthal is the author of 12 other books, numerous journal articles and more than 150 newspaper pieces. He received a bachelor's degree, master's degree in public administration and doctorate from Harvard University.