International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2014 "Localism in a Neoliberal World: How Do Right, Centre and Left Use the Local Scale?"
In More Developed Countries in the last 40 years, many national governments have claimed to be decentralising power to regional and local levels of the state, and the latter in turn often claim to be decentralising power to civil society, ‘communities’ and neighbourhoods or to ‘the local business community’. This is portrayed as a transfer of power to organisations which are ‘nearer’ to people, enabling their re-empowerment and their re-engagement in democracy. Decentralisation will also lead to great efficiency since decisions will be made by people with direct experience of the problems and possibilities. This bland rhetoric, however, disguises the fact that the local scale is being used in quite different ways by neoliberal right, centre and left, embodying sharply different class strategies. The course will consider these contrasted class strategies, and their multiple contradictions. It starts by investigating how capitalist localities are constituted by the nexus of economy, social reproduction, environment and the state, and the local-scale social relations which they embody.
|Event dates:||2014-06-23 – 2014-07-04|
|Organizer:||Graduate Program in Geography, the Graduate Program in Political Science and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada|
|Conference venue:||Toronto, York University|
Raju Das (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Classification:||F5 - International Relations and International Political Economy ; Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. General|
|Event type:||Seminare, Summer Schools, Symposien, Workshops; Seminars, Summer Schools, Symposiums, Workshops|