Everyday Politics of the World Economy

Everyday Politics of the World Economy

by John M. Hobson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521701635

ISBN-13: 9780521701631

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How do our everyday actions shape and transform the world economy? This volume of original essays argues that current scholarship in international political economy (IPE) is too highly focused on powerful states and large international institutions. The contributors examine specific forms of ‘everyday’ actions to demonstrate how small-scale actors and

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How do our everyday actions shape and transform the world economy? This volume of original essays argues that current scholarship in international political economy (IPE) is too highly focused on powerful states and large international institutions. The contributors examine specific forms of ‘everyday’ actions to demonstrate how small-scale actors and their decisions can shape the global economy. They analyse a range of seemingly ordinary or subordinate actors, including peasants, working classes and trade unions, lower-middle and middle classes, female migrant labourers and Eastern diasporas, and examine how they have agency in transforming their political and economic environments. This book offers a novel way of thinking about everyday forms of change across a range of topical issues including globalisation, international finance, trade, taxation, consumerism, labour rights and regimes. It will appeal to students and scholars of politics, international relations, political economy and sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521701631
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents


List of tables     vii
List of contributors     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Everyday IPE: revealing everyday forms of change in the world economy   John M. Hobson   Leonard Seabrooke     1
Regimes as cultural weapons of the weak     25
The agency of labour in global change: reimagining the spaces and scales of trade union praxis within a global economy   Andrew Herod     27
The agency of peripheral actors: small state tax havens and international regimes as weapons of the weak   J. C. Sharman     45
Southern sites of female agency: informal regimes and female migrant labour resistance in East and Southeast Asia   Michele Ford   Nicola Piper     63
Global economic change from below     81
The everyday social sources of imperial and hegemonic financial orders   Leonard Seabrooke     83
Everyday investor subjects and global financial change: the rise of Anglo-American mass investment   Paul Langley     103
Peasants as subaltern agents in Latin America: neoliberalism, resistance and the power of the powerless   Adam David Morton     120
Bringing Eastern agents in     139
Eastern agents of globalisation: Oriental globalisation in the rise of Western capitalism   John M. Hobson     141
Diasporic agents and trans-Asian flows in the making of Asian modernity: the case of Thailand   Ara Wilson     160
The agency of subordinate polities: Western hegemony in the East Asian mirror   Shogo Suzuki     177
Conclusion: everyday IPE puzzle sets, teaching and policy agendas   John M. Hobson   Leonard Seabrooke     196
Bibliography     214
Index     243

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