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  1. State of Power 2014 cover

    State of the State: The state is dead! Long live the state!

    • Daniel Chavez
    06 February 2014
    Report

    The State is Dead! Long live the State! At the turn of the century, many commentators from the right and left seemed united in their analysis that the state as an economic player was dead or at least no longer relevant. The combined pressures of globalisation, liberalisation and marketisation unleashed by the market-driven dogmas of Thatcherism and Reaganomics had massively expanded the private sector and concurrently downsized the public sector. Corporate power was in the ascendancy and many state-owned companies had become little more than second-rate government departments, and the underlying assumption was that, as the economy evolved, the government would close or sell them to private investors.

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    Alternative Regionalisms News

    06 December 2008
    Article

    Alternative Regionalisms News (last updated in December 2008).

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    The Anti-Development State

    • Walden Bello, Herbert Docena, Marissa de Guzman, Mary Lou Malig
    01 May 2005
    Book
    The Anti-Development State provides a convincing, if painful, explanation why the Philippines is mired in poverty at the beginning of the 21st century, and proposes a route out of the quagmire.
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    When corporations capture the state

    Praful Bidwai
    07 August 2009
    Article
    The danger of a corporate capture of government isn't imaginary, and corporations represent narrow profit-seeking interests of businessmen whose forte is not Constitutional values.
  5. Critical Perspectives and Alternative Solutions to the Eurozone Crisis

    09 December 2011
    Article

    2011 witnessed the implementation of some of the most comprehensive undemocratic structural changes in the EU since the Lisbon Treaty. Alternative proposals for a progressive exit from the euro crisis are laid out here.

         
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    Reclaim the State

    • Hilary Wainwright
    14 June 2005
    Book
    Hilary Wainwright sets out on a quest to find out how people are putting concepts like participatory democracy and economic solidarity into practice locally and taking control over public power
  7. Crack capitalism or reclaim the state

    Hilary Wainwright, John Holloway
    20 February 2011
    Article

    Fascinating debate between two leading left thinkers on whether the state can be democratised, how labour can be empowered and the best ways to confront capitalism.

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    Supranational governance: a challenge to building resilient states and peace

    • David Sogge
    22 September 2011
    Paper

    In troubled areas, the vital work of building peace and resilient states continues to be undone by weak and distorted governance at the supranational level. 

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    Violence, Governance and Islam in Pakistan

    Jochen Hippler
    24 September 2008
    Article
    In 2007, 3600 people got killed by political violence in Pakistan, compared to 8000 in the Afghan war. What policies are needed that could start to bring stability to its people?
  10. Neoliberalism as hegemonic ideology in the Philippines

    Walden Bello
    27 October 2009
    Article

    Why does the ideology of neoliberalism still exercise such influence in the Philippines despite the challenges it has faced from both the Asian and now global financial crisis?

  11. Thatcher’s Voices in the Air

    David Sogge
    18 April 2013
    Article

    Keynes, convinced of the power of ideas over that of “vested interests”, famously held that “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.” Now there’s little doubt that the social life of ideas helps explain the astonishing persistence of ‘Thatcherism’.

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    The WTO Doha round and EPAs in an era of crisis

    23 September 2010
    Article

    The language contained in agreements being negotiated by the EU through the WTO with their southern counterparts often deliberately diguises real political goals, obscuring the negative economic implications for those countries of the neoliberal agenda.

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    Offshore firms not paying tax share

    05 September 2013
    In the media

    A LEADING international political economist has warned that democracy is being damaged by the insidious creep of transnational corporations into government policy and their refusal to adopt country-by-country accounting practices, which have helped them avoid taxes.

  14. Afghanistan and the Pakistan crisis

    Mariano Aguirre
    04 March 2008
    Article
    Scarce attention to poverty alleviation and blind reliance on military might has brought the western forces in Afghanistan to a standstill. Putting Pakistan into the equation is a key to any solution in Afghanistan.
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    Histories of the Present: Giovanni Arrighi, the Longue Duree of Geohistorical Capitalism, and the Current Crisis

    Tom Reifer
    08 July 2009
    Article
    The range and scope of Giovanni Arrighi’s intellectual work – and in particular his ability to provide analysis rooted in a long-term geohistorical context - is truly an astonishing achievement,while his generosity of spirit towards his intellectual interlocutors had few equals.
  16. G20's Central Role? As a Lightning Rod

    Walden Bello
    21 July 2010
    Article

    The G20 is going to be around for some time. But it will probably be as ineffective as the G8 in stabilizing global capitalism.

  17. Another missed opportunity

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Obama's trip to Latin America: about gaining economic advantages, ignoring historical and recent diplomatic interferences and strategically placed critisism.

  18. Bolivia right to reject Cancun climate farce

    Simon Butler
    03 February 2011
    In the media

    Bolivia alone stood up to the world at December’s UN climate conference in Cancun, Mexico; daring to reject the flawed agreement endorsed by 191 other nations.

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    Putting people before profits: opening speech for EA4

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    "The banks are ours!" Public money was used to bail out the banks, and now they are lending back to the public at interest, while governments ignore the social and environmental crises that confront society. It is time to demand real solutions that will work not only for the sake of the economy but for the lives and conditions of people on whom it depends.

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    The embargo: Nothing succeeds like failure

    Saul Landau
    28 October 2009
    Article

    Will Obama have the courage to break with the incongruous Cuba policy he inherited from previous administrations?

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