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Globalisation, governance and post-structural political economy: Perspectives from Australasia

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The paper argues that post-structural political economy (PSPE) offers geography and geographers interesting potential for the development of a style of geographic inquiry that has qualities that may be constitutive of progressive spaces. This new style of inquiry is seen as adding to the repertoire of political strategies and potential geographies of responsibility and extending notions of ethical behaviours. Issues relating to the assemblage of PSPE as a distinctive approach to knowledge production are considered and situated in the Australasian context. Discussion focuses especially on insight about the use of PSPE derived from three illustrative research case studies (a project on learning challenges in sheep meat and dairy supply chain realignment, tensions around fisheries management in New Zealand and an international workshop series on the topic of governmentality). The case studies provide a lens on the socio-spatial relationships between globalisation and governance and interrogate the value of PSPE for understanding the connections between individual choices, governing practices and the construction of the globalising economy. The PSPE approach if actively incorporated into research processes may have important implications for future relationships between social responsibility, national economic development and globalisation.

Keywords: affect; globalisation; governance; governmentality; knowledge production; post-structural political economy; progressive spaces

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2007.00327.x

Affiliations: School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand., Email: r.leheron@auckland.ac.nz

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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