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Economic Governance and Globalization

The One Party Planet
¤ The Rules ¤ 9 November 2015
So just who is in charge of this planet? Is it a small group of people with one plan? A large group of people with lots of competing plans? Several groups of people? Does it even make sense to think of ‘control’ in these terms at all? This short pamphlet is an attempt to answer this question. The case I make is, yes, it not only makes sense to think of control in these terms, but it is essential. Those of us who believe in the potential for vastly less inequality and poverty, and a richer, (...) read more

Transfinancial Economics
¤ Robert Searle ¤ 28 July 2013
Essentially, Transfinancial Economics model (TFE) claims that new largely monitored non-repayable money could be created electronically by special transparent, and credible funding mechanisms, or Facilitation Banks (and/or by governments to some extent). This could notably fund, in full or in part, environmental, and socio-economic projects of high ethical value. This would help to speed things up unlike loans.... though interest free ones could also be created electronically when (...) read more

Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
¤ Cândido Grzybowski, Germà Pelayo , Gustavo Marin, Jorge Romano, Matthieu Calame, Paul Raskin ¤ 23 December 2011
Contribution to the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons (Rio+20) Rio de Janeiro, June 15-23, 2012 The seriousness of the current environmental crisis is an expression of a deeper-reaching crisis, a crisis of civilization afflicting modern capitalism, characterized by the predominance of the unregulated market, financial speculation, frenzied consumerism, the constant quest for growth, economic injustice and widespread poverty. The current and (...) read more

Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
¤ Linking Alternatives ¤ 13 May 2006
Men and women involved in social and political movements and organisations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe met in Vienna from 10-13 May 2006 to express their opposition and resistance to the neoliberal free trade policies that governments in both regions are implementing in their countries, and which they propose as a framework for a new Association Agreement. They reject efforts by the EU to create a Free Trade Area for the entire Latin American region by 2010, as well as the (...) read more


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

3rd Dialogue Meeting between civil societies from China, Europe and South America
¤ 25 February 2015
WE, CITIZENS OF CHINA, SOUTH AMERICA AND EUROPE, Gathering on the occasion of our “Third Dialogue Meeting between the civil societies of China, Europe and South America” in the framework of the Peoples Summit, taking place in conjunction with the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP20) held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, As citizens of the world, we leave this footprint on the path of our collective reflection and commitment, and we raise our voices to speak to the conscience of humankind: (...) read more

Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
¤ 19 January 2013
"Impossible ideas are fundamental to have and to dream about, but more importantly, to make them possible." Civil societies from different parts of the world have been conversing and sharing ideas for more than 20 years. The purpose of these dialogs has been to contribute to the building of a global community, outside of governmental relations. The video here reflects exchanges among Chinese, South American, and European civil-society members. It is about how each society is facing its own (...) read more

The Commons and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 August 2012
It is only by moving from the idea of individual protection to the idea of protection of all that we can start to envisage the possibility of a global social contract. In other words, it is our global freedom, that is, our freedom to enjoy, thus to protect, what is common to all of us as a world community that will entice us to, and determine our will to extract ourselves from what is essentially becoming a global war on our planet, on our “commons,” and on ourselves. But what does this (...) read more

A new historical moment?
¤ Nicola Bullard ¤ 10 March 2012
We are facing a cynical response from the elites concerning the ecological and economic crises. What is being sold to us as green economy is nothing but an attempt to have a new round of expansion of capitalism. It is an extension of neoliberalism, a new green Washington consensus, attempting not only to commodify the life in itself, but also to monetize it. It is said that the financial markets and the new technology will solve all our problems. The Rio+20 agenda has nothing to do with (...) read more

Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
¤ Arnaud Blin, Cândido Grzybowski, Gustavo Marin, Jorge Romano, Ricardo Jiménez ¤ 24 December 2011
Building new governance is not only an institutional or theoretical question confined to the political or sociological spheres. All governance proposals and plans depend on the action and mobilization of a huge majority of people, actors, movements and populations. This is a critical issue. And ideas and proposals play a crucial role in such action and mobilization. This is why we need to remodel governance architecture by incorporating it into the perspective of biocivilization for the (...) read more

Rethinking and Changing World Governance
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 30 September 2011
See also: The Workshop Video on the Workshop September 3, 2011 following on from the Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and the Planet Rio de Janeiro, 10-12 August 2011* Contents Rethinking and changing world governance Actors: their relations, their contradictions 1. Transnational corporations (TNCs) 2. The state →dialectic between society and the state → role of the UN → China 3. People, communities, civil society, and a new relationship with nature 4. Local (...) read more


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
¤ Peadar Kirby ¤ 18 December 2014
This article identifies a triple crisis of capitalism based on the three fictitious commodities as identified by Karl Polanyi: labour, money and land. This framework is used to integrate the environmental crisis into the wider crisis of capitalism. It argues that international actions required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are going to present major challenges for capitalism with implications for the current dominance of market power and the (...) read more


Types of Goods and Producers

Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
¤ Fair Coop ¤ 17 September 2014
Fair.coop is an open global cooperative which organizes itself through the Internet and stays off-limits from nation-state control. read more

The Future of the Commons
¤ David Bollier ¤ 16 December 2011
Twenty-one thinkers and activists from around the world gathered at Crottorf Castle near Cologne, Germany, on June 25-27, 2009, to discuss their shared interest in the commons as a new paradigm of politics, economics and culture. It was a meeting without an explicit agenda, yet one that yielded extraordinarily rich results: a clearer sense of how a new discourse of the commons might be developed; how it could be used to confront the savage pathologies of neoliberalism; and how it could (...) read more

Does Global Governance Ensure That the Global Public Interest Is Served?
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ September 2006
Globalization implies the emergence and development of global public goods. The major problem in the current international economic system of governance without government is that no effective means exist for assembling the necessary resources for financing these global public goods. The needs of international bodies such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO have never been stronger, but confidence in them has never been weaker. Globalization is progressing, and it results in greater integration (...) read more


Universal, Plural and Quality Education, and Citizen Education

Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
¤ Education International ¤ 16 February 2014
Education International (EI) has decided, after eighteen years of policy making through its Congresses and Conferences at the international and regional levels, to develop a comprehensive policy on education. This policy will encapsulate the very essence of what has made EI what it is today and reflect the goals which should underpin an education that is consistent with EI’s traditions. This policy challenges explicitly the narrow, instrumentalist view of education as solely teaching (...) read more


Political and Institutional Governance

Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
¤ Jerome Roos ¤ 1 December 2013
Something quite amazing happened in Turkey during the months of May to September 2013. In addition to the silent “standing man” actions around the country, people’s assemblies emerged in different neighborhoods across the city. As in Spain, Greece and the Occupy encampments before, the protesters in Turkey counter-posed their own form of direct democracy to the shame of a democracy proposed by Erdogan’s authoritarian neoliberal state. If there was ever any doubt, this shows how deeply (...) read more

Civil Society Politics Manifesto
¤ Civil Society Politics ¤ 20 September 2013
Around the world politics is in disrepute. It has become detached from society, unresponsive to its needs. It seems incapable of solving the big economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. Public leadership remains important, but politics is everywhere discredited. In Western societies, politics no longer inspires, cynicism rules, and citizens feel powerless. In post-communist societies, initial enthusiasm for democracy has given way to detachment and cynicism. Citizens (...) read more

Political and Institutional Governance
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 24 September 2008
This file contains a series of discussions and proposals formulated in recent years around the political and institutional dimension of global governance. They have been categorized according to four themes: the architecture of global governance; new roles of the state and territorial scales; reappropiation by citizens of politics; and legal principles for a new global governance. Globalization, in these first years of the twenty-first century, is an irreversible fact, consolidated in all (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
¤ 5 July 2013
Dialog and coordination among the different actors around the planet are crucial for building democratic global governance. Despite the fact that for the moment there is more collaboration among grassroots, professional, trade, and cultural organizations from different parts of the globe, these do not always have as goal or intention to raise a common voice to fill the political vacuum left by globalization. The Tripartite Civil Society Organization (CSO) China, Europe, and South America (...) read more

Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
¤ Sara Robinson ¤ 31 December 2012
The problem, in a nutshell, is this: The old economic model has utterly failed us. It has destroyed our communities, our democracy, our economic security, and the planet we live on. The old industrial-age systems—state communism, fascism, free-market capitalism—have all let us down hard, and growing numbers of us understand that going back there isn’t an option. But we also know that transitioning to some kind of a new economy—and, probably, a new governing model to match—will be a (...) read more

Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
¤ Heidi Moksnes, Mia Melin ¤ 18 September 2012
What is global civil society? And what is the meaning of global civil society? A few years ago, there was a debate on whether a global civil society existed or not. Today, few people doubt the existence of a global political space, and research on “global civil society” has emerged as a sub-field of study in the broader context of globalisation theory and research. Over the past decades, civil society has been considered increasingly important to socio-economic development and in political (...) read more

Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
¤ Francisco Whitaker Ferreira, Gustave Massiah, Jean-Marie Harribey, Susan George ¤ 14 April 2008
In this analysis of the alterglobalization movement, the authors underscore, on the one hand, the victories of this movement, barely 10 years old, and on the other hand the obstacles it still needs to overcome against those who own the capital and destroy human beings and the planet a little more each day. This editorial was published in the daily L’Humanité on January 21, 2007. Ten years after the emergence of the alterglobalization movement, how far have we gotten? We can claim two (...) read more

Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
¤ World Parliamentary Forum ¤ January 2006
The Sixth World Parliamentary Forum met in the city of Caracas within the framework of the Sixth World Social Forum from January 24 to 29 2006 and was attended by parliamentarians representing the five continents. This declaration results from the Forum at the end of the sessions of 26 and 27 January 2006. Claimed to be in keeping with the World Social Forum Charter of Principles and with the commitments adopted in the forums of previous years in the firm belief that "another world is (...) read more


Document Database

Swords into Plowshares
¤ James A. Yunker ¤ 4 June 2013
Using a simulation model, this research examines the potential impact of a very large-scale foreign development-assistance program (a “Global Marshall Plan”), financed largely from reallocation of military expenditure, on the future development of the world economy. The model’s key premise is that inequality among nations in per capita income is all or mostly due to differentials in generalized capital stocks. Generalized capital encompasses all reproducible primary factors of production other (...) read more

The Global Marshall Plan
¤ Network of Spiritual Progressives ¤ 31 May 2013
The Global Marshall Plan is a plan for all the world’s people to work in solidarity to eliminate poverty once and for all and to heal the environmental crisis. The Global Marshall Plan takes its name from the post-World War II Marshall Plan, a massive and successful project to provide aid to Western European countries—including Germany, which had been our antagonist in the war. Historians have debated how altruistic the plan was. Some argue that a large part of the motivation for the (...) read more

After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 16 August 2012
There has already been a good deal of post-Rio+20 articles. A large majority of them have expressed discontentment, disappointment, the evidence of failure foretold, the inadequacy of the governments’ final declaration, etc. Some of these articles, digging deeper, have not stopped at establishing that the governments were not able to reach an agreement equal to the challenges of the major global problems and have gone on to mention that the Conference of the United Nations exposed a crisis (...) read more

Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
¤ 20 March 2012
The FnWG has been working with numerous stakeholders to develop proposals for the Peoples Summit in Rio+20 since late 2010. This has resulted in a set of four Proposal Papers that contribute to understanding the complexity of the debates that are at stake. The idea is to help to structure the debates around the four themes covered by each of the papers: * ETHICS: Ethical and Philosophical Foundations for Biocivilization The crisis that we are immersed in at the beginning of the (...) read more

Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 23 December 2011
World Social forums, the first of which was held in January 2001 in Porto Alegre, constitute an international forum where organizations, networks, and civil-society movements meet periodically for mutual reinforcement and cross-fertilization. After 2001, every year until 2005 and every other year after that, World Social Forums have continued to assemble the different actors of global civil society. There are other alliances and networks, of course, that have organized international events, (...) read more


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

The World March of Women Third International Action
¤ World March of Women ¤ 3 June 2013
The World March of Women (WMW) is an international feminist movement rooted in grassroots organisation. We believe in challenging the root of our poverty and our oppression by building solidarity amongst women and men through action. The year 2010 marked our 3rd International Action. Thousands of women across the globe marched under the slogan…”Women on the March Until we All are Free! The six texts represented here documents our 2010 Action. Starting with the Women’s Manifesto for Peace, (...) read more


Nature of Work and Globalization of Social Rights

A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
¤ New Economics Foundation ¤ 14 January 2013
Pay matters. How much you earn can determine your lifestyle, where you can afford to live, and your aspirations and status. But to what extent does what we get paid confer ‘worth’? Beyond a narrow notion of productivity, what impact does our work have on the rest of society, and do the financial rewards we receive correspond to this? Do those that get more contribute more to society? With controversial bonuses being paid out in Christmas in bailed-out banks, the authors believe that it is (...) read more

Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
¤ Gerry Rodgers ¤ September 2007
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has drawn up a new concept: decent work for all. Decent work has four dimensions: the nature of the work and employment in question; the ability to exercise employment rights; safety; and the capacity for employer representation and dialogue. The concept of “work” aims to reach beyond that of a mere paid job position, to cover all occupational diversity from freelance work to the domestic work carried out by a housewife without receiving payment (...) read more


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 11 March 2012
The following text is a summary of a number of proposals. It addresses only proposals for paradigm shifts, and not for the numerous improvements that could be made to the existing systems. A/ What is at stake for territories 1. The territory, a hub of relations and flows in a globalized system. Territories are objectively called to play a decisive role in designing and conducting the necessary transition. Whatever the subject, we discover that a city and a region are the best scale at (...) read more

Territories and Globalization: The Stakes of Development
¤ Jean-Philippe Peemans ¤ 10 March 2008
Firstly lifted by the nationalist rhetoric conferring a central role on the United Nations, and then by the globalist and neoliberal rhetoric aiming to integrate the world market into a space without borders, the modernization of the South has not kept its promises. The approach of local popular practices, with their complexities and contradictions, explores the dimensions of a "re-territorialization" of the conditions for development. In the relations between territories and (...) read more


Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

Governance for Sustainability
¤ Klaus Bosselmann, Prue Taylor, Ron Engel ¤ 16 January 2012
Relating the concept of governance to the concept of sustainability requires no less than reformulating the basics of democracy. It is clear that the past 20 years of neo-liberal economic globalization have eroded both the common good and democracy. Reclaiming lost ground, therefore, is paramount for disempowered communities and disenfranchised citizens. But this in itself will not be enough. The real issue is whether the common good, that is the sustainability of life, can be pursued (...) read more

Oil slicks: An Ocean of Profits
¤ Roseline Vachetta ¤ 19 December 2002
If there is a sector which, both in its organization and in its results, can be seen as the poster child for capitalist globalization, it must be maritime transportation. Roseline Vachetta, a member of the Regional Policy Committee for Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament, discusses this issue here. There are some “trash-container” ships which concentrate all the ingredients and all the opacity of capitalist globalization. For example, in the case of the Prestige, we find: an (...) read more


Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
¤ CAS Sustainable Development Strategy Study Group, CHEN Shaofeng, 王毅 Wang Yi ¤ 9 May 2011
The world is in the most crucial period of transition in the 21st century, in which the future of human civilization will depend on our choice today. China has become the second largest economy in the world and, in terms of both its size and achievements, has increasingly deep impact on global socio-economic development and pattern. In the meantime, the rising China has been facing more and more international conflicts and development issues. In the context of changing global circumstances, (...) read more

Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
¤ Great Transition Initiative, James Gustave Speth ¤ 8 May 2011
The US political economy is failing across a broad Front. – environmental, social, economical, and political. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescence of progressive communities is (...) read more


Concepts

Environmental Governance
¤ Wikipedia ¤ 3 January 2011
(Also available at wikicoredem) Environmental governance is a concept in political ecology or environmental policy related to defining the elements needed to achieve sustainability. All human activities—political, social and economic—should be understood and managed as subsets of the environment and ecosystems. Governance includes not only government, but also business and civil society, and emphasizes whole system management. To capture this diverse range of dynamic forces, Environmental governance often necessitates founding alternative systems of governing, for example watershed based (...) read more

Global Governance
¤ Wikipedia ¤ 5 August 2009
(Also available at wikicoredem) Global governance is the political interaction of transnational actors aimed at solving problems that affect more than one state or region when there is no power of enforcing compliance. The question of world governance arises in the context of what is known as globalization. In response to the acceleration of interdependences on a worldwide scale, both between human societies and between humankind and the biosphere, world governance designates regulations intended for the global (...) read more


Agriculture, and Food Security and Sovereingty

Governance of the World Banana Trade
¤ Iain Farquhar ¤ 16 October 2009
With liberalisation of the global banana market and more intense price competition, it has become increasingly difficult for small producers to survive, while large intensive operations which can keep costs down by paying particularly poor wages and disregarding environmental controls tend to be favoured. Consequently, if the aim of governance should be to manage the planet sustainably, then current patterns of governance are clearly failing. This paper will concentrate on those producers, (...) read more

People’s Food Sovereignty Statement
¤ People’s Food Sovereignty Network ¤ November 2007
Food and agriculture are fundamental to all peoples, in terms of both production and availability of sufficient quantities of safe and healthy food, and as foundations of healthy communities, cultures and environments. All of these are being undermined by the increasing emphasis on neo-liberal economic policies promoted by leading political and economic powers. This statement contains alternative proposals, in favour of the peoples’ needs. Instead of securing food for the peoples of the (...) read more


Trade, Money, and Finances

Alternative Finances
¤ Susan George ¤ January 2007
Now is the time to rediscover John Maynard Keynes’s revolutionary ideas for the organization of international trade and adapt them to re-balance finances in the world’s economies of the twenty-first century. The economist John Maynard Keynes came to the postwar table with an innovative project for the future of world trade, which he called the International Trade Organization (ITO), supported by an international central bank, the International Clearing Union (ICU). The ICU was meant to issue (...) read more

Bank of the South, International Context, and Alternatives
¤ Eric Toussaint ¤ 9 September 2006
The Bank of the South proposes to try to break the dependence of developing countries on international financial markets, channel their own capacity for saving, stop capital flight, channel central resources to priorities for independent social and economic development, change investment priorities, etc. It is designed as a public bank and as an alternative to the Inter American Development Bank and the World Bank. The Bank of the South can grant credits with or without interest, as well (...) read more

The Bamako Appeal
¤ World Social Forum ¤ 17 January 2006
More than five years of worldwide gatherings of people and organizations who oppose neoliberalism have provided an experience leading to the creation of a new collective awareness. The social forums - world, thematic, continental, or national - and the Assembly of Social Movements have been the principal architects of this conscience. Meeting in Bamako on January 18, 2006, on the eve of the opening of the Polycentric World Social Forum, the participants of this day devoted to the 50th (...) read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
¤ Permanent People’s Tribunal ¤ 2 February 2006
The EU-LAC bi-regional network requested to convene a session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) in Latin America on 2 February 2006, to investigate the increasingly dominant role of European TNCs in strategic areas, such as services, infrastructure, petroleum, water, finance and telecommunications. They particularly asked for an examination of the threats thereby posed to political sovereignty, development policy, economic autonomy, environmental (...) read more


The Architecture of World Governance

The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
¤ Gustave Massiah ¤ 28 February 2005
The United Nations are at a crossroads. They have not really proven to be unworthy, they simply have not been at all convincing. Their reform is a critical issue, with several possible responses. For some, the United Nations should become the political system of neoliberal globalization. For the author, the issue is rather to define and to implement radical reform of the institution. The starting hypothesis is that the alterglobalization movement is the driving agent for broader alliances (...) read more


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