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Michael Patrick Leach
michael.leach at deakin.edu.au
Wed Apr 26 11:01:58 EST 2006
>The political economy of globalisation
>in Portuguese-speaking countries
>Ten years on from the volume on the transition to the free-market economy
>(1995), Lusotopie proposes to take a look at the integration of the
>Portuguese-speaking countries into the world economy and the impact of
>this globalised economy on these countries: consequences, specific
>features and current debates.
>The general question could be: What are the realities of globalisation in
>the Lusophone countries today? What is or are the particular way(s) in
>which these countries have taken their place in the globalised economy?
>What can be observed in the countries or territories in the industrialised
>world (Portugal as part of the Europe zone and Brazil as an emerging
>economic power), in developing countries (Portuguese-speaking Africa, Goa,
>Timor...) or those in a very specific position (Macao)? Given that it is
>clear that no country can stand aloof from the globalised economy, the
>question today should be to understand the extent to which each country
>wants to, or has become a part of it, and what the effects of this have
>been on their specific economic and political systems?
>This could be approached through the following broad chapters:
>1) The neo-liberal economic model
> draw up an inventory of theoretical thinking in the face of the variety
>of different effects induced within national economies and between the
> study its particular applications: what (specific) forms do economic
>liberalisation policies take (opening up of markets, borders,
>privatisation, financialisation of the economy...) in national economies
>(case studies)? How can processes and the degree of integration into the
>globalised economy be analysed?
>2 ) The effects of globalisation:
>a) on the economic and social level: the fluctuating relations between
>growth, poverty, inequality must be appraised and the political and
>theoretical issues involved in measuring them must be shown.
>b) on the political level: what are the consequences of the economic
>changes induced by globalisation? What social recomposition processes are
>there? What are the new positions of relative force within the political
>powers and is there a widening gap between social categories? Where is
>economic power located / concentrated and what is its relation with
>political power? What has become of the democratic progress that was
>supposed to be brought about?
>3) The role of the States in the globalised economy:
>Is the paradigm of submission and loss of sovereignty outdated? What has
>replaced it? Is the State fulfilling a new role in seizing
>opportunities? What is the relative importance of public policy in
>distributing the costs and benefits of the opening up of commerce? On this
>point, what is the situation in Brazil between the federal State and the
>4) Winners and losers: who are they and why?
>The factors inducing inequalities between countries in the face of
>globalisation must be listed and analysed.
>Over thirty years of European integration, Portugal has been through a
>considerable mudança. The old nation has become a modern State. But is
>that all there is to the analysis? Are we seeing an internationalisation
>of the Portuguese economy or just its Iberianisation? Have the old
>dependences of the Portuguese economy been decisively changed? What is the
>international position of the Portuguese economy in the Lusophone
>countries and elsewhere?
>Can Lulas Brazil win in the long term by applying a policy described by
>some as neo-liberal? Does globalisation change internal economic
>geopolitics? Does it change the nature of its economic links with Portugal
>and Europe, with MercoSul and the rest of the Americas (notably the
>North)? Is Brazil interested in Lusophone Africa or solvent Africa, and if
>so, how? What is the nature of its frequent South-South coalitions (with
>India, South Africa or even China) in the rounds of the WTO in favour of
>an orientation contrary to that defended by movements such as Via
>Campesina or the Landless Workers?
>What is the situation of the post-adjustment political economy in the
>Luso-African countries? Twenty years or so after the first measures to
>open up markets (1985) leading to the end of State-run economies, and
>fifteen years after the end of the one-party regimes (1990-1994) and the
>successive democratisations or loosening of the grip of authoritarian
>regimes, what assessment can be made of these measures to liberalise the
>economy (sudden and hurried as they often were)? Does the dismantling of
>the State-run economy necessarily mean an opening up of a genuine market
>economy? Are the advances and benefits announced by the advocates of
>liberalism and the political authorities actually being delivered? Can a
>devastated Timor begin to reconstruct itself in a liberal framework? Forty
>five years after its reintegration into the Indian Union, how is Goa
>developing in a market economy country that has never accepted the
>precepts of neo-liberalism?
>5) Debates and controversies
>What are the internal debates within the Lula government team, between
>agro-business and the Landless Workers? Are there internal debates within
>the hegemonic parties in power in Lusophone Africa? And in the government
>and Fretilin in Timor?
>Are alterglobalisation and the local forms of resistance a rearguard
>action? What are the new forms of protest and resistance? What are their
>vectors and relays (political parties, unions, social movements or media)?
>What is the situation of the grey economy favoured by neo-liberalism,
>between the law and crime? And what about the Luso-narcotics business? Can
>the CPLP play an active role in the geopolitics of the globalised economy?
>Brigitte Lachartre and Pierre Salama
>Brigitte Lachartre, <lachartre.b at wanadoo.fr>
>or <info.lusotopie at sciencespobordeaux.fr>
>Call for contributions of 10 March 2006.
>Proposals must be sent (titles and abstracts of no more than 20 lines) by
>10 June 2006 to Brigitte Lachartre, <lachartre.b at wanadoo.fr>.
>Manuscripts in French, Portuguese or English complying with the Lusotopie
>norms must be handed in by 10 September 2006. Manuscripts must be sent
>simultaneously in RTF format to the following two addresses:
><lachartre.b at wanadoo.fr> and <pereiravictor at hotmail.com>.
>Decision of the editorial committee after double blind evaluation on 10
>Publication in the 2007 volume 2007 (XIV-1 in April 2007 or XIV-2 in
>Norms can be downloaded from
><http://www.lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/>, page Proposer des
>manuscrits / Propor artigos / To submit articles.
Dr. Michael Leach
Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Faculty of Arts, Deakin University
221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, VIC 3125 Australia
Ph.:(61-3) 9244 3923 Fax: (61-3) 9244 6755
Email: michael.leach at deakin.edu.au
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