GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY AND THE NEW CHALLENGES FOR DEVELOPMENT
16-18 SEPTEMBER 2005
(Working Languages: Greek and English)
Venue: Harokopeion University of Athens
CALL FOR PAPERS
A number of studies claim that in an age of globalisation the variables that determine development outcomes have increasingly shifted to the international arena. In order to critically assess this claim we want to use the conference to explore the impact of international factors on development using International Political Economy perspectives. We welcome paper proposals that seek to facilitate a dialogue on the following questions:
How is economic development defined and measured?
Which is the role of political institutions in the process of economic development?
Does democracy lead to higher or lower growth rates of the economy?
Does economic development cause transitions to democracy?
Are political democracy and political stability related?
Do they have any consequence on growth or vice versa?
What are their impacts on investment, fiscal stabilisation, corruption, education, immigration, inflation, economic freedom and income equality?
How changes at the international level affect developing countries' national-level strategies for interaction with and integration into the global economy through links of trade, investment, transnational production and finance and how these linkages support or constrain development efforts?
Is underdevelopment inevitable for some countries?
How, if at all, contemporary changes in the structure of global production - and globalisation more broadly - have shifted the developmental challenge?
How global economic governance is organised through multilateral economic organisations (MEOs) ranging from the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO and various regional development agencies and how it affects development?
How the interrelationship between (international) civil society and global governance institutions influence the processes of development?
How contemporary debates concerning the relationship between global inequality and the global financial order including issues such as the politics of international debt, sovereign bankruptcy, capital flight, international financial regulation and crises, politics of exchange rate regimes, dollarisation and regional currency blocs affect development?
How foreign policies of key countries in the 'North' and changing political and economic strategies of important business constituencies in the developed countries perceive the issues of development?
Concerning foreign aid how much the developed countries should give and how well does the system of international aid does work?
What is the relationship of inequalities in knowledge production and inequalities across regions?
Do we have the tools to understand whether these inequalities are irreversible?
The Institute of International Economic Relations intends to publish a number of selected Conference's papers in a special edited volume, while other papers will be published in the Quarterly scientific journal of the Institute “Agora Without Frontiers” and the website of the Institute after scholarly peer reviewed.
The Conference will focus on issues of development related to the levels of analysis of the international political economy, presenting them under the prism of a global perspective. The general topics of the Conference may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Globalisation and International Political Economy for development
Theoretical perspectives on growth and development in the field of International Political Economy
Global governance, global structures of multilateral economic organisations and development
Regionalised and Inter-regionalised development
Rich and poor states in the world economy and global inequalities
The use and misuse of democratisation and economic liberalisation in the process of economic development and growth
The political economy of North- South conflict and cooperation
Markets, international trade and development strategies
Multinational Corporations (MNC) policies and Foreign Direct Investment impact on development
Dependent development, post-imperialism and the coalition of MNC authoritarian state and local capital
Development, international debt and North –South relations
Developing countries and international financial system
The politics and the future of international development assistance
The International Political Economy of peace building in developing countries
The International Political Economy of food, hunger, sustainable development, climate change and natural disasters
Economic security and the political economy of development
Demographic changes and socio-economic pressures on development
Global Political Economy, international development and human security
International civil society, global solidarity networks and the process of economic globalisation : impact on the developing world
Economic diplomacy of the Great economic powers towards the developing countries and foreign policy ethics
The influence of the EU foreign economic policy and Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) on the formulation of its development policy towards the third states
Interested persons should submit an abstract between 300 and 400 words by 15 May 2005, which should include: the argument of the paper, theoretical background, conclusion and approaching methods of the topic. It is required from all participants to attach to the abstract a separate file with their personal data: Names, title, status, corresponding address, telephone number, fax and email and the title of the paper. All proposals will be independently reviewed before acceptance.
Authors will be informed about inclusion of their presentation in the conference programme by the beginning of June 2005, and the deadline for the submission of the paper in Greek or in English is 1st of September 2005.
Both abstracts and papers should be submitted to IIER by e-mail. Exceptionally, abstracts and papers can be faxed or posted. Details also available at the following web address.
CONFERENCE FEE AND PAYMENT
The conference fee is € 60 (euro). The fee is inclusive of refreshments, documentation and two lunches.
Ms Stella Milliotis
Institute of International Economic Relations
16, Panepistimiou Str
Phone: (0030) 210-3620274
Fax: (0030) 210- 3626610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.idec.gr/iier
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