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Free trade politics, the power of ideas and political economy of European integration

“The bourgeoisie… has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom—Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted … Continue reading

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Religion, “free trade” and faithful globalization: producing a sacred vision of the economy

Religious groups are nor just active on economic issues. Religious leaders and groups can play a crucial role in economic and political life through their discourse; such discourse is a central way that they produce the sacred in the economic … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism in the Global South: the shift in development strategies

Despite the fact that the first substantially neoliberal regime was actually in the far South, the civil-military dictatorship in Chile, neoliberalism is generally attributed to western and developed countries. “Where in the world does Neoliberalism come from? The market agenda … Continue reading

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Why the East India Company became the most powerful business‬ in history? Because it granted its employees the right to pursue their own commercial interests

Exploring trade network dynamics, decision-making processes and organizational context, in an extraordinary Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600–1757 Emily Erikson (Yale University) demonstrates why the English East India Company was a dominant force in the … Continue reading

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Minilateralism: How Trade Alliances, Soft Law and Financial Engineering are Redefining Economic Statecraft

This new book by Chris Brummer (Georgetown University) analizes the global political economy in the post-hegemonic era, while the Ukrainian crisis embodies such multifaceted and complex developments. The multilateral organizations that dominated the last half of the twentieth century no … Continue reading

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Continental Crucible: Big ‪‎Business‬, ‪Workers‬ and ‪Unions‬ in the Transformation of ‪North America‬

This revealing book by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally. This study has … Continue reading

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The Social Construction of Free Trade: The European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur

Francesco Duina’s The Social Construction of Free Trade: The European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur  offers a compelling new interpretation of the proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) at the end of the twentieth century. Challenging the widespread assumption that RTAs … Continue reading

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