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  1. Varoufakis' Plan B and the Perspective For Europe

    08 February 2016 - Event

    In 2015, Greek citizens did a spectacular attempt to determine their own future but were despicably stopped by the unelected and democratically non-legitimized Eurogroup headed by the Dutch Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Critics like former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis called this 'a coup'. As a counteroffensive, Varoufakis - together with other European left-wing politicians - will launch a 'Plan B' on in 9 February in Berlin, seeking an alternative and more democratic future for European integration.

  2. Peoples Sovereignty versus the Architecture of Corporate Impunity and Governance

    04 February 2016 - Event

    In  today's world transnational corporations (TNCs) have asserted themselves as global entities, which exercise their power without any accountability that matches their economic and political influence. The panelists will assess the impact of a 2014 UNHRC initiative that would bind TNCs in terms of human rights and explore alternatives to the current neoliberal system of corporate impunity.

  3. Cartoon by South African cartoonist captures the Davos inequality debate

    How does Davos Man plan to tackle inequality

    David Sogge, Nick Buxton
    22 January 2016
    Article

    Will it mean consigning today’s neoliberal model, that has created the transfer of wealth upwards, to history’s trash-heap? Perhaps unsurprisingly, no, not at all.

  4. What is global governance? An interview with Raj Patel

    22 January 2016
    Multi-media

    From policing to intellectual copyright, Raj Patel talks global governance at the Colloquium on Global Governance, Climate Justice & Agrarian Justice in The Hague. Raj Patel provides insights on the beneficiaries of current structures of global governance and the next steps for social movements.

  5. Meet the 'Emerging Market' Superstars of Global Economic Governance

    Andrew Marshall
    21 January 2016
    Article

    The rise of Raghuram Rajan and Agustin Carstens to top positions in powerful financial institutions reflects how the "Davos class" is incorporating people from every corner of earth into its neoliberal project.

  6. 'De vijanden van de democratie zijn de economisch machtigen'

    • Nick Buxton, Yanis Varoufakis
    21 January 2016
    Report

    Hij beheerste vorige zomer alle krantenpagina's: Yanis Varoufakis, toen nog de Griekse minister van Financiën. Nu wil hij het bestuur van Europa hervormen. Nick Buxton, van het Transnational Institute, kreeg hem te spreken. Wij besloten het interview te vertalen. Want wat staat Varoufakis precies voor ogen?

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    Illustration notes for the State of Power 2016

    20 January 2016
    Report

    For the State of Power 2016 report, designer Evan Clayburg made illustrations reflecting relevant situations to the chapters in the report. Read his notes accompanying these illustrations. 

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    To change the heart and soul

    • Herbert Docena
    19 January 2016
    Report

    Corporate executives and climate skeptics that mobilise against strong international climate change agreements have rightly been the focus of attention of many people concerned about the climate crisis. But another group of elites—those who actually believe in climate change —may paradoxically have done more to block effective solutions to the crisis.

  9. Nutrition and food – how government for and of the people became government for and by the TNCs

    Flavio Valente
    19 January 2016
    Article

    Advocating multistakeholderism in the area of food and nutrition has been one of the main strategies for advancing a pro-corporate agricultural agenda that results in dispossession of small-scale farmers.

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    Multi-stakeholderism: a corporate push for a new form of global governance

    • Harris Gleckman
    19 January 2016
    Report

    The World Economic Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative is perhaps the best reflection of how corporations and other elites envision the future of governance. It calls for marginalising intergovernmental decision-making with a system of multi-stakeholder governance, but what does this mean for democracy, accountability and the rule of law?

  11. Harris Gleckman

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    Harris Gleckman is a senior fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Director of Benchmark Environmental Consulting. Gleckman has a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University. He was a staff member of the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations, head of the NY office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and an...

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    The tyranny of global finance

    • Walden Bello
    19 January 2016
    Report

    Against all expectations, financial capital has emerged even stronger after the financial crisis having staved off regulation and putting the blame on public spending. But its victory is likely a pyrrhic one as a new crisis looms, one in which the global public could learn from victories such as reforms in Iceland and finally reassert its control over money.

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    Economics as ideology: challenging expert political power

    • Elaine Coburn
    19 January 2016
    Report

    Economics often appears boring, but this narrow, mostly male dominated profession decides on matters intimately bound up with questions of power, democracy and vital matters of health, education, social welfare and the environment. Meaningful democracy requires the participation of ordinary people in economic debates, so that they can shape their own lives in solidarity with others.

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    The global post-democratic order

    • Leigh Phillips
    19 January 2016
    Report

    In the era of globalisation, the steady removal of decision-making from democratic chambers by EU elites is serving as a blueprint for post-democratic governance around the world. Progressives must be ambitious and start putting forward ideas for a democratic world government as a viable alternative.

  15. U2's Bono is a regular at the World Economic Forum

    Davos and its danger to Democracy

    Nick Buxton
    18 January 2016
    Article

    We are increasingly entering a world where gatherings such as Davos are not laughable billionaire playgrounds, but rather the future of global governance.

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    State of Power 2016

    18 January 2016
    Report

    TNI's fifth annual State of Power 2016 report explores the intersect of power and democracy. Featuring prominent activists and academics, its essays feature the long battle between economic power and popular democracy, expose the different powers seeking to undermine democracy today, and tell the stories of radical popular democratic alternatives emerging worldwide.

  17. Precarity, power and democracy

    • Tom George
    18 January 2016
    Report

    The increasingly precarious nature of work and life poses a serious threat to democracy as it undermines our social fabric, atomizes individuals and seeks to personalize blame for economic insecurity. What potential is there for ‘the precariat’ to become a new kind of social movement with a collective vision to reimagine contemporary life?

  18. The open source city as the transnational democratic future

    • Bernardo Gutiérrez
    18 January 2016
    Report

    Experiences and experiments in Spain, Brazil, Istanbul and other cities suggest that a transnational municipalism, based on concepts of an open source city (free online tools and active citizen participation), has the potential to regenerate democracy and build a geopolitics of the commons against neoliberalism.

  19. Democracy, power and sovereignty in today’s Europe

    • Nick Buxton, Yanis Varoufakis
    18 January 2016
    Report

    Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis argues that the nation-state is dead and democracy in the EU has been replaced by a toxic algorithmic depoliticisation that, if it is not confronted, will lead to depression, disintegration and possibly war. He calls for a launch of a pan-European movement to democratise Europe, to save it before it is too late.

  20. Freedom technologists and the future of global justice

    • John Postill
    18 January 2016
    Report

    In the wake of early 2010s upheavals such as the Arab Spring, Spain’s indignados, or the global Occupy movement, many commentators were quick to either invoke the presumed tech-savvy of ‘digital natives’ or the purported ‘cyber-utopianism’ of net freedom advocates who supported the protests. But what role have internet freedom activists – or ‘freedom technologists’ – played in ongoing struggles for progressive political change around the world and how can the pursuit of liberty be combined with the struggle for social justice?

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