Over more than thirty years of reform and opening, the Chinese Communist Party has pursued the gradual marketization of China’s economy alongside the preservation of a resiliently authoritarian political system, defying long-standing predictions that ‘transition’ to a market economy would catalyse deeper political transformation. In an era of deepening synergy between authoritarian politics and finance capitalism, Communists constructing capitalism offers a novel and important perspective on this central dilemma of contemporary Chinese development. This book challenges existing state–market paradigms of political economy and reveals the Eurocentric assumptions of liberal scepticism towards Chinese authoritarian resilience. It works with an alternative conceptual vocabulary for analysing the political economy of financial development as both the management and exploitation of socio-economic uncertainty. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and over sixty interviews with policymakers, bankers, and former party and state officials, the book delves into the role of China’s state-owned banking system since 1989. It shows how political control over capital has been central to China’s experience of capitalist development, enabling both rapid economic growth whilst preserving macroeconomic and political stability. Communists constructing capitalism will be of academic interest to scholars and graduate students in the fields of Chinese studies, social studies of finance, and international and comparative political economy. Beyond academia, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of Chinese capitalism and its implications for an increasingly central issue in contemporary global politics: the financial foundations of illiberal capitalism.
relative safety and stability after moving out of their countries and disconnecting from previous anchors. In addition, the SAST research demonstrated profound differences in anchoring across the participants due to unequal resources, constraints and opportunities. Anchoring, like mobility, reflects limiting structures, hierarchies of power and positions (Tesfahuney 1998 ). Drawing on Cooper's work ( 2008 ) on the inequality of security, the SAST research showed how individuals’ positionality influenced their levels of exposure to riskanduncertainty as well as their
This chapter highlights the recent burst of controlled, scientific research on medical and non-medical uses of psychedelic drugs and MDMA to improve individual welfare, and argues that this research should be extended to couples in romantic relationships. It questions the line between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicine’ and argues that such distinctions often reflect dubious social and historical factors, rather than a clear-eyed assessment of actual benefits and harms. It introduces the idea that love drugs might help strengthen certain relationships, and that anti-love drugs might help other relationships end. But there are serious risks that might be associated with such drugs, and the wider social implications will be hard to predict. To minimize this risk and uncertainty, careful ethical deliberation and nuanced policy measures will be key.
opposition. The social
contract is being unpicked and ordinary working-class people being exposed to
new workplace risksanduncertainties: funding for health and education is as
low as can be got away with politically. The principles of liberal social democracy
seem a distant dream.
Even more of a dream seems a government ever able to implement them.
The Conservative hegemony has been re-established, sealed by the referendum
on Brexit. The left’s bankruptcy was dramatised by the election of Jeremy
Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, to whom Marquand’s ideas – even if he
Refiguring childhood stages a series of encounters with biosocial power, which is a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics. Assembled at the intersection of thought and practice, biosocial power attempts to bring envisioned futures into the present, taking hold of life in the form of childhood, thereby bridging being and becoming while also shaping the power relations that encapsulate the social and cultural world(s) of adults and children. Taking up a critical perspective which is attentive to the contingency of childhoods – the ways in which particular childhoods are constituted and configured – the method used in the book is a transversal genealogy that moves between past and present while also crossing a series of discourses and practices framed by children’s rights (the right to play), citizenship, health, disadvantage and entrepreneurship education. The overarching analysis converges on contemporary neoliberal enterprise culture, which is approached as a conjuncture that helps to explain, and also to trouble, the growing emphasis on the agency and rights of children. It is against the backdrop of this problematic that the book makes its case for refiguring childhood. Focusing on the how, where and when of biosocial power, Refiguring childhood will appeal to researchers and students interested in examining the relationship between power and childhood through the lens of social and political theory, sociology, cultural studies, history and geography.
Journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication
Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Gabriel Andrade
give equal weight to opposing viewpoints, making science appear more
controversial than it actually is, therefore influencing riskanduncertainty perceptions. 46 By complying with the notion of supposed bias
journalists in fact provide a distorted view of reality. Moreover, in
recent years there has been a consensus that has been galvanised towards
a news agenda that recognises collective response and global risks in
As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.
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Monaghan, M., Pawson, R., and Wicker
the Soviet Union remained an alien society that could produce new threats in the future. They saw NATO as an “insurance policy” against a future fire in the European house. Some pointed to new risksanduncertainties that could best be dealt with through NATO’s approach, in which like-minded countries work together to handle security problems.
The key factor, illustrating that the member states still considered NATO more than “just a military alliance,” was the reaction of allies to the desire of former Warsaw Pact states and even former Soviet republics to join
‘transversal competency’,8 which taps into the more socially sedimented
discourse of lifelong learning to the extent that entrepreneurship is described
as a ‘life-wide as well as lifelong’ process of ‘competence development’ (EC
2011: 2). One way of grasping what is at stake in this idea of transversal
competency, at least in terms of what it claims to be, is to think of it as a
form of virtuosity that equips children and young people with resilience,
initiative and tenacity, enabling them to adapt and respond to situations
characterised by riskanduncertainty (EC 2012: 3