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Political Economy of Global Warming
1Mohammed Shamim Uddin Khan,2MOhammed Shahedul Quader,2Akhter Jahan
Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences , 2012,
Abstract: Global warming is a major concern to the present international communities as well as future generations. This paper, first, argues that global warming is foremost a normative issue based on an environmental ethic of global justice and equality between the North and South. Secondly, it exposes the historical development of the political economy of global warming as subordinate to the neo-liberal discourse, which compromises global warming through sustainable development, and intensifies the demand for mark-based solutions. The political economy of global warming is shown here to support this normative claim because the violation of global justice in the North-South divide is an outcome of the neo-liberal discourse. Accordingly, sustainable development and market-based solutions are analysed before expanding the environmental ethic of global justice.
The ‘Assymetric Threat’ of Political Discourse  [PDF]
Diamantis Kryonidis
Intellectum , 2008,
Abstract: The linguistic vaccinations of political discourse in terms originated by specialized science vocabularies do not always result to clarity. On the contrary, indeed, they create conditions which eventually threaten citizen’s freedom.
Globalization and African Political Economy: The Nigerian Experience  [PDF]
Aderonke Majekodunmi,Kehinde David Adejuwon
International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences , 2012,
Abstract: Globalization is a trend that impacts everyone more and more each day. For centuries, globalization has progressively knitted together the world and created unity out of great diversity. This is a discourse on political economy of globalization and its implication for Africa with particular reference to Nigeria. This study investigates the political economy of globalization in the development process in Nigeria. It examines the impact of globalization on industrialization and the attendant problems of globalization on the Nigerian economy. In light of our findings, we recommend that Nigeria should adopt appropriate policies and strategies similar to other developed countries to compete in the international capitalist system in which we are now an integrated part.
Metaphors in political discourse
Dikovi? Jovana
Glasnik Etnografskog Instituta SANU , 2010, DOI: 10.2298/gei1001141d
Abstract: This paper analyzes metaphors usage within political discourse, i.e rhetoric of political public speech. The analysis is based on public speech held at Vukovi sabori manifestations from 1987-2005, by active politicians or cultural elite at a given time period. Manifestations such as Vukovi sabori or Saborski dani were created primarily as purely cultural and artistic; however, they have also proven to be a good medium for messages with clear political agenda, hidden in metaphors of the speakers. These metaphors, in a political rhetoric, are thus seen as an instrument used to channel desired aims and win over potential voters. On the other hand, they also could be taken as one of the indicators of ideological-political paradigm change after 2000. In both cases, these metaphors are analyzed as a potential for promoting certain interests carrying heavy influence on key values and attitudes within the political discourse.
Metaphors in the Romanian Political Discourse  [PDF]
Eliza Filimon
Oceánide , 2012,
Abstract: Many political myths are linguistically shaped through the use of metaphors in Romania media. The social occasion when a text is produced influences the public opinion through the features of the situation and the purposes of the participants. The present paper examines the ever-present political discourse of Romanian politicians and the significance beyond the words chosen to render it, in view of identifying not only recurrent patterns but also pragmatic functions rising to the surface. The domains under scrutiny range from “family” to “sports” and “war”, proving that the most popular areas of interest have the strongest manipulative force.
The American Political Discourse in 2012  [cached]
Jeremy Robert Springman
Pitt Political Review , 2012, DOI: 10.5195/ppr.2012.23
Abstract: The concept of globalization refers to a multitude of processes rapidly changing the space in which individuals, institutions, and systems interact with one another. Popular interpretations have seen increasing interconnectedness as the beginning of a “race to the bottom” in which the state is precluded from governance as competition to attract capital and prevent flight mandates a retrenchment of the public sector. As this occurs, outside influences should crowd out opportunities for the “collective priority and preference setting” that defines democratic governance. Instead, much of the convergence toward retrenchment has been endogenous change motivated by ideas and political strategy rather than exogenous economic pressure. America’s protracted battle over the debt ceiling provides a compelling case to explore how the ideational force of globalization has included new voices in domestic preference setting and augmented rather than crowded out public deliberation. Tracking the impact of these influences on the American discourse will help us understand how the 2012 elections are likely to be impacted by the emergence of groups willing and able to compete with the Republican Party on behalf of economic conservatives.
The Political Economy of Popular Democracy  [cached]
Horacio Morales Jr.
Kasarinlan : Philippine Journal of Third World Studies , 1986,
Abstract: Understanding the interplay of political and economic forces both internal and external, is important to lead to the appropriate directions which could be taken by the Philippines to achieve development. The current transition stage shows symptoms of a political economic crisis as a result of the contradictions between the traditional and progressive political forces, mainly those who espouse elite democracy and popular democracy. The different political forces which are part of the popular democratic alliance are either those who subscribe to the capitalist or the socialist development framework. Looking at the practical factors, the state of the Philippine economy and international economic situation together with the theoretical factors of capitalist and socialist framework, the best way to reconcile the contradictions would be through the transition approach. This approach calls for historically-specific policies that reflect inherited conditions, including the level of development of the class struggle and external constraints on development. Pragmatically the government tries to mediate in the economic recovery but once recovery comes, the market regains free rein. The best alternative against the reactionary tide would be popular democracy and the political economy of popular democracy gives the most viable solution to the current economic crisis.
Is the Political Economy Stable or Chaotic?  [PDF]
Norman Schofield
AUCO Czech Economic Review , 2011,
Abstract: Recent events in the global economy have caused many writers to argue that the market is driven by animal spirits, by irrational exuberance or speculation. At the same time, the economic downturn has apparently caused many voters in the United States, and other countries, to change their opinion about the the proper role of government. Unfortunately, there does not exist a general equilibrium model of the political economy, combining a formal model of the existence, and convergence to a price equilibrium, as well as an equilibrium model of political choice. One impediment to such a theory is the so-called chaos theorem which suggests that existence of a political equilibrium is non-generic. This paper surveys results in the theory of dynamical systems, emphasizing the role of structural stability and chaos. We consider models of celestial mechanics where the notion of chaos first developed, and then examine applications in models of climate change and economics. There is discussion of the past influences of climate on human society, and particularly how agriculture developed during the “holocene,” the past ten thousand years of benign climate. The recent period of globalization is likened to the holocene, and the question is raised whether future climate change may bring economic and political chaos.
The African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Restoring a relationship challenged?
Chris Landsberg
African Journal on Conflict Resolution , 2012,
Abstract: Africa faces a dual challenge of governance and development, with institutional and implementation crises looming large. Whereas the continent has gone through an energetic period of diplomacy during the decade 1998–2008, in which institutions and programmes like the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) have been established, we have also witnessed serious problems revealing themselves. One such problem has been institutional rivalries which served to undermine the continent’s political and development agendas, and one such enmity was the tension and rancour between the AU and NEPAD. The newly elected Chair of the AU Commission in Addis Ababa will have to address such serious institutional tensions and rivalries in the continent. The relationship between the AU and NEPAD has exposed competition over status, scarce financial and human resources, policy influence and petty squabbles amongst diplomats and officials. The tensions between these poorly anchored and weakly consolidated institutions and initiatives have prompted some to suggest that NEPAD needed to be fully integrated into the AU and to fall under the command and control of the AU as premier body. When the AU finally settled on the idea of ‘integration’ after years of prevarication and equivocation, new institutional and human resource capacity building challenges began showing themselves. This was not all, however. A political leadership vacuum was added to the series of problems which bedevilled the continent, and African pivotal states like South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria and others, who were all instrumental in crafting the continent’s new, post-Cold War order, failed to demonstrate the necessary agency and leadership. While there is no doubting that NEPAD is a programme of the AU, its role should be, amongst others, to bolster technical and operational expertise, and support the AU and its processes, and become instrumental in facilitating, conceptualising, and even implementing policies. Crucially, NEPAD could and should provide technical backstopping for the AU and its organs, and become directly involved in promoting capacity building for the AU and regional economic communities (RECs). It has a vital role to play in ensuring that new processes of monitoring and evaluation are introduced within the context of African inter-state politics and diplomacy, and also in helping to ensure that programmes of the AU are implemented and African states and international partners meet their obligations towards the AU. NEPAD’s niche with regard to resource mobilisation should be bolstered. The AU for its part needs to urgently address its very serious institutional capacity constraints, and to focus squarely on the need to restore Africa’s international agency and leadership. African Journal On Conflict Resolution, 12(2) 2012
Current Trends in the Political Economy of Communication  [PDF]
Vincent Mosco
Global Media Journal : Canadian Edition , 2008,
Abstract: In this paper five major trends in the political economy of communication are addressed: the globalization of the field, the expansion of an enduring emphasis on historical research, the growth of research from alternative standpoints, especially feminism and labour, the shift from an emphasis on old to new media, and the growth of activism connected to the political economy tradition. None of these are brand new tendencies but rather build on existing ones, which were often submerged beneath dominant trends in the field. Nonetheless, the outcomes of specific struggles within each of these domains suggest that political economists have made significant contributions to the overall resurgence of activism around major communication issues.
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