Globalization and Its Discontents

Globalization and Its Discontents

Globalization and Its Discontents

Globalization and Its Discontents

Synopsis

This work challenges the argument that globalisation will sweep away politics and democracy. It avoids generalities and abstractions and links broad theorectical debates to current and tangible examples.

Excerpt

The contributions to this book were originally presented at a conference on Globalization and its Discontents held at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver in July 1998. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Department of Political Science at SFU and the School of Social Science and Planning at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Since then the original papers have been reviewed and extensively revised. None the less, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge their origins in a highly successful conference that was the occasion of spirited debate and discussion that will have left as much of an imprint on the revised versions as the formal review process.

Accordingly we would like to thank those who made possible the conference and an associated series of research workshops designed to facilitate international collaborative research. The Vancouver organizing and programme committee consisted of Jeanette Ashe, James Busumtwi-Sam, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Ted Cohn, Kevin Ginnell, Michael Howlett, Stephen McBride, Gerardo Otero and Russell Williams, with the assistance of Farrokh Heidari, Maryam Heidari and Kristina Mihaylova. The Vancouver Committee received advice, assistance and support from the School of Social Science and Planning at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. A magnificent poster for the conference was designed by Juan Sanchez and produced by Nora Patrich: and special thanks are due to Michael Howlett for creating the web page and communication links. Alan Whitehorn provided enthusiastic support for the project and was especially helpful with the poster and fund-raising. Financial support was received from the Boag Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and also the Offices of the President (Jack Blaney), Vice-President Academic (David Gagan), and Dean of Arts (John Pierce) at SFU. A number of research linkage workshops were held following the conference, with financial assistance from the Programme for International Research Linkages of the International Council of Canadian Studies. Jack Blaney, President of SFU, was kind enough to present the opening address to the conference. Our thanks go to all. But our biggest thank you should go to two staff members from Simon Fraser's Department of Political Science, Joanne Harrington and Sherry Lloyd, whose . . .

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