Global Governance in Question

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

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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, Susanne Soederberg explores neglected issues including transnational debt and the increasingly coercive nature of US aid to so-called `failed states'.

She 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 18.8mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0745320708
  • 9780745320700

Table of contents

Series Introduction




1. Global Governance in Question

2. Common Sense Assumptions: Toward an Historical Materialist Critique of Global Governance

3. Global Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

4. Global Governance and Transnational Debt

5. Global Governance and Development Aid

6. Beyond the Common Sense of Global Governance: New Research and Political Directions


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'Breaks new ground in disclosing the cumulative processes by which empire is represented and managed' -- Philip McMichael, Professor and Chair of Development Sociology at Cornell University 'Well researched and engaging to read, this book will be of great interest to scholars, students and the concerned public' -- William I. Robinson, University of California-Santa Barbara 'Indispensable for students of International Polical Economy and a must for political activists geared toward internationally oriented forms of social transformations' -- Professor Elmar Altvater, Department of Political Science, Free University, Berlin '[An] acute and revealing examination of the economic difficulties facing the American empire. This book is essential reading for those who want to know why the poor get poorer while the rich talk endlessly, and what we can do to initiate real social change' -- Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz
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About Susanne Soederberg

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 Global Governance in Question (Pluto, 2006) andThe Politics of the New International Financial Architecture: Reimposing Neoliberal Domination in the Global South (Zed, 2005).
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