Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Republican targets rule that exposes how much more CEOs make than their workers

Republican targets rule that exposes how much more CEOs make than their workers

Feb 7, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress A win for corporations that don’t want to disclose the growing pay gap. By Bryce Covert Under new rules enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, companies are now required to report how much median employees at their firms make and compare it to what their CEOs make. It’s designed to bring more transparency...

Don’t praise Trump for the defeat of TPP

Don’t praise Trump for the defeat of TPP

Jan 26, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist By Nick Dearden It’s good news that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. In fact, the toxic deal – a pacific version of US–EU deal TTIP – was already dead before Trump took office. Popular pressure from trade unions and campaign groups in the US and elsewhere had killed it. Even free-trader Hillary...

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney NEW DELHI – If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their country’s geostrategic interests. Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often...

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Amid persistent strong uncertainty about the global employment scenario, working poverty – particularly in emerging countries – is expected to increase as unemployment rises and the gender gap in the labour force increases. So much for the optimism expressed...

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

Jan 21, 2017

Toby Carroll, City University of Hong Kong and Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Leiden University The last fortnight has yielded three spectacles reflecting the demise of the left, the rise of a new reactionary right and a novel political era more generally. Outgoing US President Barack Obama’s “Yes we did” speech was a fitting liberal – in the anaemic and disconnected...

Inequality (III): Less Employment… and More ‘Junk’ Jobs

Inequality (III): Less Employment… and More ‘Junk’ Jobs

Jan 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal Article III of of this three-part series on inequality tackles the issue of the future and quality of jobs. Part II focused on the impact of inequality on women. Part I dealt with the alarming deepening inequality worldwide. ROME, Jan 18 2017 (IPS) – While just eight men are enjoying...

The inextricable link between migration and sweatshops

The inextricable link between migration and sweatshops

Dec 19, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist The possibility of workers’ rights and climate justice movements responding to these challenges together provides reason for hope, writes Dalia Gebrial. Sweatshops have, from their inception, been inextricably tied to histories of migration. Indeed, the birth of the sweatshop – characterised not just by low pay and...

Bad News for America’s Workers

Bad News for America’s Workers

Dec 19, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joseph E. Stiglitz NEW YORK – As US President-elect Donald Trump fills his cabinet, what have we learned about the likely direction and impact of his administration’s economic policy? To be sure, enormous uncertainties remain. As in many other areas, Trump’s promises and statements on economic policy have been inconsistent....

A closer look at Brazil’s economy

A closer look at Brazil’s economy

Dec 17, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist As new president Michal Temer tries to fix the economy through austerity, Kimberley Brown interviews Brazilian political scientist Sergio Gregorio Baierle. The Brazilian economy isn’t looking great these days. The country is facing one of its most severe economic crises since the Great Depression, with unemployment...

More of the Same: World Bank Doing Business Report Continues to Mislead

More of the Same: World Bank Doing Business Report Continues to Mislead

Dec 15, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Anis Chowdhury, a former professor of economics at the University of Western Sydney, held senior United Nations positions during 2008–2015 in New York and Bangkok. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General...

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