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International Political Economy Series

Challenging Global Finance

Civil Society and Transnational Networks

Authors: Friesen, Elizabeth

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Friesen demonstrates how transnational CSOs and NGOs can influence the context in which international political decisions are made. She shows how, by reframing the issues, the transnational campaign for the cancellation of third world debt altered the dominant discourse, shifted the agenda and thereby shaped political outcomes.

About the authors

ELIZABETH FRIESEN Lecturer in Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research explores the role of social and normative forces in supporting, as well as contesting, the rules and practices which govern international economic relations.

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'Elizabeth Friesen's new book contests the dominant view of finance as an impossibly arcane, technical and apolitical field best left to experts. The book instead emphasizes the role of ideas and values in the construction and evolution of the system of international finance. Friesen also carefully documents the emergence of a range of civil society actors who mobilized (to some extent successfully) around alternative ideas and values. Despite the odds, these transnational activists had some success in reforming dominant ways of thinking about the economy, although they ultimately failed to put in place more democratic methods of governance in the financial realm. This book is essential reading at a time of ongoing global financial instability when, more than ever, new ideas are needed about how to govern the global economy.' - Laura Macdonald, Carleton University, Canada.

'This volume presents a compelling case that our understanding of global financial issues and the politics attending to these issues is significantly enhanced if we consider the role of non-state actors, most importantly actors from within the domain of civil society. For Friesen, the campaign to cancel third world debt and the work of the World Economic Forum illustrate how power actually operates within the global political economy, and the reasons why the structure of power is susceptible to moral suasion. This is a hopeful yet also a hard-headed and practical book, one which both scholars and practitioners of global finance and civil society will want to engage with in order to broaden their comprehension of how the world works.' - Randall Germain, Carleton University, Canada


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Friesen, Elizabeth

    Pages 1-18

  • Power and Resistance

    Friesen, Elizabeth

    Pages 19-38

  • Transnational Civil Society and the Campaign for the Cancellation of Third World Debt

    Friesen, Elizabeth

    Pages 39-91

  • The World Economic Forum as a Site of Contestation

    Friesen, Elizabeth

    Pages 92-156

  • Conclusion

    Friesen, Elizabeth

    Pages 157-175

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Challenging Global Finance
Book Subtitle
Civil Society and Transnational Networks
Authors
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-36830-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230368309
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34879-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34581-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 220
Topics