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Global Governance in Question Empire, Class and the New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations

ISBN-10: 0745320694

ISBN-13: 9780745320694

Edition: 2006 (Annotated)

Authors: Susanne Soederberg

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"Global governance is the latest buzzword. Now comes a study that brings clarity and critical analysis to this ill-defined topic." William I. Robinson, University of California-Santa Barbara "[An] acute and revealing examination of the economic difficulties facing the American empire." Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz "Indispensable for students of international polical economy and a must for political activists." Professor Elmar Altvater, Department of Political Science, Free University, Berlin Like many buzzwords, 'global governance' is as poorly understood as it is popular. In contrast to most mainstream accounts, this book examines global economic governance as an integral moment of contemporary capitalism -- presenting a critical insight into its real nature and the interests that it serves. This book begins by asking what has not been discussed in the mainstream debates and why. Drawing on a Marxist perspective, Soederberg explores neglected issues including transnational debt and the increasingly coercive nature of US aid to so-called Œfailed states'. Soederberg argues that mainstream understandings fail to engage with the wider contradictions that characterise global capitalism. In consequence, there is no explanation of the changing nature of American empire and capitalist power in the world. Furthermore, Soederberg argues that global governance acts to normalise and legitimise increasingly austere forms of capitalist expansion, which may be regarded as a deepening and broadening of neoliberalism. Susanne Soederberg is a Canada Research Chair in Global Political Economy and Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. She is author of The Politics of the New International Financial Architecture: Reimposing Neoliberal Domination in the Global South (Zed, 2005).
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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 2/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Susanne Soederberg is a Canada Research Chair in Global Political Economy and Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. She is author of The Politics of the New International Financial Architecture: Reimposing Neoliberal Domination in the Global South (Zed, 2005).

Series Introduction
Acknowledgements
Acronyms
Global Governance in Question
Transcending Common Sense: Towards an Historical-Materialist Critique of Global Governance
Global Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Managing Sovereign Default within the Transnational Debt Architecture
Global Governance and Development Assistance: The Case of America's Millennium Challenge Account
Conclusion: Beyond Global Governance?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Tables
US Direct Investment Position Abroad on an Historical-Cost Basis, 1955-2003
Growth of the World's Largest Firms, 1962-82
Stock of FDI in the South by Major Countries, 1967 and 1983
FDI Outward Stock, by Home Region and Economy, 1980-2002
FDI Inward Stock, by Host Region and Economy, 1980-2002
Top 20 of the Financial Times Global 500 Rankings 2004
Global Current Account Balances, 1981-2001
Long-Term Debt
Net Capital Flows to Developing Countries, 1997-2003
Eligibility Criteria for the MCA
Boxes
Principal Obligations of TNCs in the Draft United Nations Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations
10 Principles of the Global Compact