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Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 14:37:52 -0100
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Roundtable on the state and globalisation: Peter

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From: steve brockbank <>
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Sent: Monday, July 02, 2001 1:21 PM
Subject: [Fwd: Roundtable on the state and globalisation: Peter
Gowan,LeoPanitch, Martin Shaw (please circulate)]

> Going to this - food for thought:
> What do people think of the agenda?

OK - It addresses main topics, but not all those I outlined a few years ago,
and boils down to the political:   Will Corporations continue to control
Governments, or can Governments control Corporations.

My breakdown was:

Legacy of colonialism,
Transnational Operators (Corporations)
International Agencies (Trade Regulation and Loans)
Arms, Illegal Drugs, Oil (Unregulated Commodities and Services )
International Currency Speculation
International Spies and Secrecy
Human Rights

Born too soon, Hitler must be weeping.  With Globalization he could have
seized not just Europe, but all the Globe .


> sdv
> > >Subject: Roundtable on the state and globalisation: Peter Gowan, Leo
> > >    T H E   S T A T E ,   G L O B A L I S  A T I O N   A N D   T H E
> > >W   I M P E R I A L I S  M P e t e r   G o w a n ,   L e o    P a n i t
> > >h ,   M a r t i n   S h a w A Roundtable organised by Historical
> > >Materialism   Brunei Gallery Room G3 SOAS, Thornaugh Street, London
> > >9 July 5:00pm
> > Much of recent critical social  theory has been concerned
> > >with the relationship between the state as a political  form and the
> > >socio-economic processes associated to capitalist globalisation.
> > >for some globalisation appears as the 21st century incarnation of
> > >classical imperialism, for others it heralds the promise of a global
> > > democratic  revolution  .    This roundtable brings together  three
> > >prominent scholars who have recently shed light on the relationship
> > >between the state and globalisation from different disciplinary and
> > >political  perspectives. The aim of the discussion is to both elucidate
> > >analytically what  is at play in these processes, and to consider the
> > >political consequences -  particularly for the Left    of the interface
> > >between globalisation and the  state.   Among the questions we shall
> > >to address are: what is globalisation, and what is the place of the
> > >state  in this process? How is globalisation transforming power
> > >in the  contemporary world? Can the processes of globalisation be
> > >harnessed to projects  of radical social transformation? What is the
> > >relationship between globalisation  and   classical   capitalist
> > >imperialism of the turn of the 20th century? What  conceptual
> > >do these processes pose for critical theory, and  Marxism in
> >
> > >Speakers: Peter Gowan, Senior Lecturer in Politics,  University of
> > >London. Author of The Global Gamble:  Washington  s Bid for World
> > >Dominance (Verso 1999). Winner of Isaac Deutscher  Memorial Prize,
> >
> > >Leo Panitch, Professor of Politics, York  University, Canada. Co-Editor
> > >The Socialist Register and author with  Colin Leys of The End of
> > >Parliamentary Socialism: From New Left to New  Labour (Verso, 2001).
> >
> > >Martin Shaw, Professor of International  Relations, University of
> > >Author of Theory of the Global State:  Globality as an Unfinished
> > >Revolution (Cambridge,  2000).   All  Welcome All queries:
> > >  Historical Materialism is a new  interdisciplinary journal committed
> > >developing the explanatory and  emancipatory power of classical
> > >For more information and details of how  to subscribe, please contact
> > > "Historical Materialism  demonstrates that Marxist
> > >is not merely alive, but thriving again as  the contradictions of
> > >globalisation generate economic, social and cultural  tensions which
> > >mainstream analysis cannot account for"    John  Weeks


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