Everyday Politics of the World Economy

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-03
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Everyday IPE: revealing everyday forms of change in the world economyp. 1
Regimes as cultural weapons of the weakp. 25
The agency of labour in global change: reimagining the spaces and scales of trade union praxis within a global economyp. 27
The agency of peripheral actors: small state tax havens and international regimes as weapons of the weakp. 45
Southern sites of female agency: informal regimes and female migrant labour resistance in East and Southeast Asiap. 63
Global economic change from belowp. 81
The everyday social sources of imperial and hegemonic financial ordersp. 83
Everyday investor subjects and global financial change: the rise of Anglo-American mass investmentp. 103
Peasants as subaltern agents in Latin America: neoliberalism, resistance and the power of the powerlessp. 120
Bringing Eastern agents inp. 139
Eastern agents of globalisation: Oriental globalisation in the rise of Western capitalismp. 141
Diasporic agents and trans-Asian flows in the making of Asian modernity: the case of Thailandp. 160
The agency of subordinate polities: Western hegemony in the East Asian mirrorp. 177
Conclusion: everyday IPE puzzle sets, teaching and policy agendasp. 196
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 243
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