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Global (Dis)Order and Development

 

Welcome to the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development 2017 conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 6-7 November 2017!

This conference is organized by Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development (GCGD), an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Gothenburg. Established in 2009, GCGD brings together researchers from economics, law, politics, sociology and global studies to investigate how greater global connectedness shapes development processes and outcomes.

Keynote speakers

Walden Bello

"De-Globalization Today"

Walden Bello is a Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York and senior research fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University in Japan. He served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 2009 to 2015. He received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in Stockholm in 2003 for his work showing the negative impact of corporate-driven globalization.

Per Cramér

"Brexit, Trumpism and Future Regulation of International Trade"

Per Cramér is Professor of International Law and holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration Law at the School of Business Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. His main areas of research concern the external identity of the European Union with a special focus on the relationship between the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Commercial Policy of the EU.

L H M Ling

"China's "One Belt, One Road" Initiative: Changing the Rules of Development?"

L.H.M. Ling is Professor of International Affairs, The New School in New York City. Her research focuses on International Relations (IR) as a world-of-worlds. She has published extensively on international relations, world politics and the world order. She has written about Asian international relations, in particular about China and India.
 

Richard Manning

"Donors, Borrowers, and the MDBs: reflection on recent development"

Richard Manning is Senior Research Associate at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. He has been engaged in a range of international organizations. He was a director general of DFID 1996-2003 and chair of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee 2003-2008. He was co-chair of the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness which met in Paris in 2005 and agreed the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

Shirin Rai

"Good Life: New Agendas and Practices of Development"

Shirin M. Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development. She is a founder member of the South Asia Research Network on Gender, Law and Governance. Her current work has three strands: feminist international political economy, gender and political institutions and politics and performance.

Thomas Sterner

"Environmental and Political Disorder:
Combining science and North South equity in climate negotiations"


Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics, University of Gothenburg. For the academic year 2015-2016 he was elected as a visiting professor at the Collège de France. In 2012-2013 he was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg university and worked as Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). His main areas of work at the EDF were, among other things, related to instrument design for climate policy and catch shares in fisheries.

Scientific description

Across today's world the established development paradigm is in question. The post-World War II presumption that a liberal open global economy is the way to advance peace and prosperity for all is challenged. Populist protectionism is on the rise across the global north with Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, Wilders, etc. – as well as Duterte in the Philippines. Statist economic strategies are reasserted in Russia and much of Latin America. The role of multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization is less clear. For large publics 'globalization' has become anathema.

Yet at the same time the international community has in 2015 agreed on a set of extremely ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years. The aim is to try to achieve a broad range of sustainable economic, social, and environmental development objectives. How can global sustainable development be achieved when international collaboration and exchange are increasingly challenged?

This conference assesses current 'anti-globalization' and various possible responses to it. What are the sources of current heightened opposition to increased global transactions and interdependencies, as well the associated global governance? What strategies of 're-globalization' are available, including reform and transformation of the rules and institutions that govern the global political economy? In particular, how can governments and citizens in the global south obtain due voice and influence in a revitalized global cooperation?
 

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