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  1. Examining Barcelona en Comu's attempt to be a movement-party

    06 March 2018
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    The radical citizens' movement and party, Barcelona en Comú, has a goal of democratizing the relationship between civil society and city institutions by transforming the traditional structures of political parties and creating new formsof democratic political participation. Through the study of one of the city's many neighbourhood assemblies, Zelinka examines whether it is possible for a political organization to be movement and institution at the same time and what kind of challenges, conflicts and opportunities emerge through this undertaking.

  2. Building social muscle to transform food systems

    • Zoe Brent
    12 April 2018
    Paper

    Using local public policy to create social change: what does history tell us?

  3. Fighting for public health

    • Desirée Enlund
    19 January 2018
    Paper

    The rural communities in the Västernorrland county of Northern Sweden are not used to being in the national spotlight, but in 2017 their struggle to stop cutbacks in maternity and emergency care made national news. What are the lessons for all those involved in building counter-power in rural areas of the Global North?

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    Rome: financial power against a city of solidarity

    • Biagio Quattrocchi, Vanessa Bilancetti , Francesco Silvi
    23 January 2019
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    Rome’s municipality has accumulated enormous debt, creating an emergency used to close any sort of public space, both physical and discussion. The narrative regarding the debt has been used to attack what we call the city of solidarity – groups, associations, and occupied places that are working to build community as opposed to accumulating profit.

  5. Public policies for food sovereignty

    • Sylvia Kay, Emily Mattheisen, Nora McKeon, Paola De Meo, Ana Moragues Faus
    21 March 2018
    Paper

    What is the political significance of leveraging public policies in support of food sovereignty?

  6. How Public Banks Can Help Finance a Green and Just Energy Transformation

    • Thomas Marois
    15 November 2017
    Paper

    Every day public banks are developing new and innovative ways of financing a green transformation. This issue brief explores the lessons from two public banks, one in Costa Rica  and the other in Germany.

  7. Sentinels of Privilege and the Ressentiment of the Powerful

    • Kurt Shaw, Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva
    27 April 2018
    Paper

    Through the experience of working with kids from Brazil’s favelas (shanty-towns) telling their stories, two film-makers explore how the rise of the authoritarian right in Brazil is based on a deep fear by elites of social mobility and a desire to preserve their traditional privileges through both physical as well as political walls.

  8. Cultivating alternatives to authoritarian populism in Amazonia

    • David Rojas, Andrezza Alves Spexoto Olival, Alexandre de Azevedo Olival
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    Exploring the efforts of a group of smallholder farmers who are contesting the attempts of powerful landholder to construct an equivalence between them and the Brazilian “people.”

  9. Edging Forward

    • Jamie Bridge, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman, Marie Nougier, David Bewley-Taylor, Christopher Hallam
    29 September 2017
    Paper

    Diplomatic processes at the United Nations are notoriously slow and difficult, perhaps increasingly so in a modern world of multi-polar geopolitics and tensions. This is certainly no different for the highly charged and provocative issue of international drug control.

  10. The agrarian origins of authoritarian rural populism in the United States: what can we learn from 20th century struggles in California and the Midwest?

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Maywa Montenegro, Alex Liebman, Siena Chrisman
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    Interrogating the politics of rural places in generating both support for and struggle against authoritarian populism.

  11. From rural livelihoods to agricultural growth

    • Lies Craeynest
    10 February 2009
    Paper

    This paper examines the policies and practices on land of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. After a market-led approach to land distribution in the 1980s, DFID made some changes towards a rights-based land policy, but this has since regressed.

  12. Dilemmas of peasant social movements faced with the dichotomy between progressive governments and the rise of the new right in Latin America: the case of Brazil

    • Lia Pinheiro Barbosa
    17 March 2018
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    What are the dilemmas faced by peasant social movements in the face of the dichotomy between "progressive governments" and the rise to power of the new authoritarian and "populist" rights?

  13. Wind energy development in Mexico: an authoritarian populist development project?

    • Gerardo A. Torres Contreras
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    What are the current context and consequences of Mexico's wind energy policy in the rural setting of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec?

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    Emerging Trends in Global Commodities Markets

    • Carolina Milhorance de Castro
    18 May 2015
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    Drawing on the wider political economy of global commodities markets, this paper analyses the dynamics of agrarian change related to the rise of emerging economies.

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    Perceptions and Practices of Investment

    • Vanessa Lamb, Nga Dao
    18 May 2015
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    China is one of the major investors in hydropower development in mainland Southeast Asia, yet Chinese involvement in hydropower varies across the region. Popular and expert viewpoints on China’s investment in hydropower also vary widely.

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    Chinese Agrarian Capitalism in the Russian Far East

    • Jiayi Zhou
    18 May 2015
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    Since the liberalization of the Sino-Soviet border, Chinese peasants, migrants, and investors have been actively engaged in agriculture in the Russian Far East (RFE). These range from agricultural laborers contracted by labor-exporting firms, to farmers who have set up their own small and medium-sized farms.

  17. Extractivism and resistance in North Africa

    • Hamza Hamouchene
    20 November 2019
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    Northern African countries are key suppliers of natural resources to the global economy, from large- scale oil and gas extraction in Algeria and Tunisia, to phosphate mining in Tunisia and Morocco, to water-intensive agribusiness paired with tourism in Morocco and Tunisia. The commodification of nature and privatisation of resources entailed in these projects has led to serious environmental damages, and forced these countries into a subservient position in the global economy, sustaining and deepening global inequalities.

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    Opening up Markets or Fostering a new Satellite State?

    • Irna Hofman
    18 May 2015
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    New geopolitical dynamics and the surge for natural resources, such as land, accompany the rise of the BRICS countries in the global arena. In this paper, I discuss the case of Chinese agricultural land investments in the Central Asian state, Tajikistan. Emerging from a Soviet past, Tajikistan seems to be on its way to becoming one of China’s newest satellite states.

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