Do States Matter?

States are sometimes less powerful or economically mobile than transnational banks, multinational corporations or even individuals. Doing ‘business with’ or making agreements with states might even seem irrelevant when such organisations and coalitions contest state power or use it for their own purposes.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 16 september 2014 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Series: States,  Nations  & Sovereignty in a Globalised World

Prof. dr. Jeffrey Harrod (Professor Emeritus, ISS currently at UvA)

From hyper rich individuals who play a role in sectors formally under the auspices of states to the Global Economic Multilaterals  such as the WTO, WB, IMF,   how can we understand the role and power of other agents and entities in relation to the state at the international level? Are states are still in charge and whose interests are at stake? Prof. Jeffrey Harrod will look at what dynamics are at play and the factors which put pressure on states creating opportunities for change in the 21st century.

About Jeffrey Harrod

Jeffrey Harrod is a writer and essayist and supervises research at the University of Amsterdam. After graduating in international law from UCL London he completed his PhD at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.  His publications and online material relevant here Labour and Debt (1CEF 1994) “The Global Poor and Global Politics: Neomaterialism and the Sources of Political Action” Davis and Ryner (Palgrave 2006); the 16 lecture on-line course “Global Political Economy: How the World Works? (2012); essays “Global Weirmarism: Or why the Centre Cannot Hold” and “Corporatism: The 21st Century Political Economic System” accessed through www.jeffreyharrod.eu