Reports & Briefings

The Power to corrupt Scholarship and propagate Inequity

Marisela B Gomez
January 2015

The opportunity and power of the academic industrial complex to influence scholarship is great. This essay primarily uses the Johns Hopkins Industrial Complex in the U.S., a prestigious and world renown teaching, research, and health institution, as a case study to highlight the influence of public:private partnerships in growing power and corporatization of the academy with resulting corruption of scholarship and propagation of inequity.

Political Donations and the Destruction of Democratic Scrutiny

Warwick Smith
January 2015

Corporations donate to both sides of politics to ensure sympathetic policies to them. When both major parties share a policy stance it is effectively removed from democratic scrutiny.

Communities of Resistance: Resistance is not futile

Mike Aiken
January 2015

Despite the pervasive strength of neoliberalism, activist practices including community organising, reciprocal working, commoning and conviviality are building spaces for relationships and learning and showing that resistance is not futile.

Definitions, distributions and functions in our globalised world

Victoria Pagan
January 2015

This essay considers the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Social Forum (WSF) as example enactments and representations of a global field of power.

Who controls the food system?

Judith Hitchman
January 2015

In a world of globalised industry, where many States’ policy has increasingly been dictated by private sector interests and transnational corporations, it is worth examining how the Right to Food and the emergence of social movements that represent peoples’ local food systems and food sovereignty are swaying the balance in their favour.

State of Power 2015

January 2015

The fourth edition of our annual State of Power report, coinciding with the international meeting in Switzerland of what Susan George calls “the Davos class”. This series seeks to examine different dimensions of power, unmask the key holders of power in our globalised world, and identify sources of transformative counter-power.

Foucault, power and abuse of authority

Manase Kudzai Chiweshe
January 2015

Corruption and power are currently framed as individual acts without understanding the broader network of power and how it influences access and exclusion in Zimbabwe. Removing corrupt politicians is not sufficient to eradicate poverty but what is required is a fundamental change of the relations of power based on unequal structures.

Fixing a broken system

Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara
December 2014

Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling them to penetrate and corrupt political and social institutions.

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