Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability by Valerie Sperling

By Valerie Sperling

Is globalization reliable for democracy? Or has it made our governing associations much less dependable to electorate? situated on the intersection of diplomacy and comparative politics, this publication explores the consequences of globalization on nationwide governance. below what conditions do the transnational forces that embrace globalization inspire or discourage political responsibility? one of the transnational forces mentioned within the e-book are the foreign financial Fund, the area financial institution, multinational businesses, the United countries, inner most army contractors, peacekeepers, the ecu courtroom of Human Rights, and several other transnational social events. utilizing in-depth case reports of events within which those transnational associations have interaction with nationwide governments and voters, Valerie Sperling strains the influence of financial, political, army, judicial, and civic globalization on country responsibility and investigates the measure to which transnational associations are themselves accountable to the folks whose lives they modify. to hear Valerie Sperling's interview with New Hampshire Public Radio, stopover at
http://www.nhpr.org/node/26440 (Windows clients)
http://www.nhpr.org/audio/audio/wom-2009-08-12-vp3.mp3 (Mac clients) additionally, pay attention her interview with KOPN radio in Columbia, Missouri on reside audio circulate
http://kopn.org/dc/ac/08-20-09%20A%20Chautauqua.mp3

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18. 48 Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom (New York: Anchor, 1999), p. 6. 49 Markets are simply not accountable to the population on the ­matter of labor and social rights. ”50 Governmental accountability to the population is critical to development success. Sen’s discussion of famine as a phenomenon alien to democratic regimes is a compelling illustration of this point. Dictators are unaffected by famine, but rulers in a democracy will be subject to criticism by the press and by popular disapproval at the voting booth.

4. ” 35 Abouharb and Cingranelli, Human Rights and Structural Adjustment, pp. pdf. 36 Not only may the party spectrum be limited by the available policy options, restricted by economic competition among states for foreign investment and so on, but even candidates who oppose economic liberalization while on the campaign trail may become neoliberals once in office. Carlos Menem, running for the presidency of Argentina in 1989, had decided “to pursue austerity and large scale privatizations” far in advance of the election, but hid this intention from the voting public in order to retain the support of significant voter blocks, such as unions and state employees.

Carlos Menem, running for the presidency of Argentina in 1989, had decided “to pursue austerity and large scale privatizations” far in advance of the election, but hid this intention from the voting public in order to retain the support of significant voter blocks, such as unions and state employees. 38 In other Latin American cases where presidential candidates did endorse “pro-market policies,” they did so primarily when “no credible opponent could pronounce welfare beliefs and hence threaten their election,” as in the Chilean case in 1989.

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