Saturday, January 11, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. / 1-09 Business Building, U. of A.
Infoline: Tel: 492-5962 / Fax: 492-1134
Guest Speakers …
Dr. Randall D. Germain, University of Wales
Dr. Susanne Soederberg, University of Alberta
Global financial institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are pushing measures which accelerate globalization. These include increased capital flows, freer transnational investment and production, increased liberalization, incentives for the wider dispersion of new technologies, a broadening of trade access to services and trade-related investment.
Policy makers at local and national levels are losing control over their own economies and policy choices to global governance bodies which, critics charge, make their decisions in a secretive and undemocratic way. Measures being implemented at the international level appear to be in the interest of big corporations rather than the growing ranks of poor in the global South.
How can the global economic architecture be reformed or replaced to entail local democracy, representation and accountability? How can the goals of justice and poverty alleviation be achieved? Join in this discussion of how the processes of globalization are and should be governed. This is the first of a series of five roundtables to provide input into Canada’s foreign policy. The second discussion on
“Inequality as a Source of International Unrest” will be held February 1, 2003.
About the Speakers …
Dr. Randall D. Germain teaches international political economy at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the author of The International Organization of Credit: states and global finance in the world-economy (Cambridge University Press, 1997), the editor of Globalization and Its Critics: perspectives from political economy (Macmillan Press, 2000) and is currently working on a book that examines recent developments in global financial governance. His work has been published in journals such as The European Journal of International Relations, Global Governance, Review of International Studies, and Review of International Political Economy.
Dr. Susanne Soederberg is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta. Her areas of interest include international political economy with special reference to the global South, critiques of global governance, and international financial markets. She is writing a book entitled The Politics and Paradoxes of Inclusion and Exclusion in the New International Financial Architecture: A View from the South.
Sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Foreign Policy Development and the
University of Alberta International. For futher details about the Dialogues on Foreign Policy Series, please contact:
Global Education Program International Centre
University of Alberta, 172 HUB International
Tel: 492-5962 / Fax: 492-1134 /http://www.international.ualberta.ca
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