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  1. Legitimising an unsustainable approach to trade

    • Ciaran Cross
    01 March 2018
    Paper

    The incorporation of labour, environmental and sustainable development provisions in the EU’s free trade agreements (FTA) has been much debated. But are the overall objectives of these FTAs truly compatible with a meaningful approach to labour rights, environmental protection and sustainable development? If not, what are these provisions actually doing?

  2. On “shrinking space”

    • Ben Hayes, Frank Barat, Isabelle Geuskens, Nick Buxton, Fiona Dove, Francesco Martone, Hannah Twomey, Semanur Karaman
    07 April 2017
    Paper

    Individual and collective activism is facing a global pushback from states, corporations and the Far Right. How useful is the metaphorical concept of ‘shrinking space’ to examine such repression of civic society? This report deconstructs the shrinking space narrative and critiques some of its inherent problems, particularly its conflation with ‘civic space’. Thus a Government can profess support for ‘civic space’ and human rights defender initiatives abroad, while adopting repressive domestic policies and promoting collusion with corporations that contribute to ‘shrinking space’.

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

    06 March 2018
    Paper

    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.

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    Cocaine on Wall Street, The War on Drugs, and Peace in Colombia

    • Jorge Andrés Forero-González , Miranda D. Mosis, Diana María Peña-García
    08 February 2019
    Paper

    This essay connects cocaine, the financial system and global economies through the experience of the war on drugs and peace process in Colombia.

  5. There is no state: Authoritarian returns on Haiti’s high Central Plateau

    • Sophie Sapp Moore
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How have rural dwellers understood and responded to historical and resurgent forms of authoritarian populism in Haiti’s hinterland since the 1970s?

  6. From cold war origins to the neoliberal order: Formation, trajectory and social base of Colombia's far-right

    • Kyla Sankey
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How can Colombia's contemporary right-wing populism be traced back to the historical trajectories of its rural struggles?

  7. Farmer & non-farmer responsibility to each other: notes on the tensions of US agricultural governance

    • Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    "If farmers expect society to help protect them against the crushing effect of surpluses, they must be prepared to protect society by working out permanent arrangements for storing of reserve food supplies. Both farmers and non-farmers have a responsibility to each other, and any dodging of this responsibility by either group is likely to end in disaster.” Former US secretary of agriculture Henry A. Wallace

  8. Reserves for emancipatory politics in post-war northern Sri Lanka

    • Ahilan Kadirgamar , Niyanthini Kadirgamar
    11 March 2018
    Paper

    Situating questions about neoliberalism, nationalism and populism in Sri Lanka helps to broaden understanding of historical and political developments. Do neoliberal policies emerge in the West and then spread to the Global South, or do neoliberal policies evolve in confrontations with nationalist, populist and other political projects and go through considerable innovation in the Global South?

  9. 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.

  10. Land as central in the struggle of Mindanawons (1950’s to the present)

    • Faina C. Abaya-Ulindang, Lloyd B. Ranises
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    Mindanao island is long considered as the Philippines’ backwater and a peace and order problem; what are the causes of insurgency in this area?

  11. 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?

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    Localisation: a strategic solution to globalised authoritarianism

    • Helena Norberg-Hodge
    05 May 2018
    Paper

    Authoritarian politics have risen in the context of profound political, economic, social and ecological insecurity caused by corporate-led globalisation. The movement for economic localisation has the potential to unite communities, disarm authoritarian politicians, restore democracy and build a real economy based on sustainable use of natural resources.

  13. ‘Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste’

    • Walden Bello
    29 April 2020
    Paper

    The Covid-19 pandemic has provoked widespread discussion of what kind of future the world should look forward to after the crisis. One of the areas of economic life around which there is spirited debate is the global food system. This paper focuses on how the pandemic has exposed the fragility of the corporate-dominated global food supply system and shown that it is not, as the Food and Agriculture Organization and its allied agencies see it, part of the solution.

  14. 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.”

  15. Authoritarian populism and the challenge to civil society

    • Kimberly Pfeifer, Martin Walsh, Nick Galasso
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    This paper looks into what roles international NGOs can play in an emancipatory rural politics.

  16. Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the Trump vote

    • Adam Jadhav
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How does the sense of collective devastation resulting from changes in upper Midwest farming communities contribute to a political “empathy wall”?

  17. State-corporate alliances and spaces for resistance on the extractive frontier in southeastern Madagascar

    • Amber Huff, Yvonne Orengo, Barry Ferguson
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    How do dominant political-economic conditions articulate and manifest in rural spaces? This question is central to grasping the contextual dynamics of agrarian change and associated contestations, conflicts and struggles.

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    Climate Chronicle

    07 December 2009
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    The Climate justice newspaper is produced every two days during the Copenhagen climate talks, reporting and decoding what is going on both inside and outside the climate negotiations. Find out what is really going on behind the media headlines.

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