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“Trojan Horse” or Postmodern Prince: The ‘Many’ in a Planetary Society: Auxiliaries of the “Empire” or Agency for a Historical Alternative

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This article discusses the transnational social movement networks which appeared in the late 1990s. It focuses on the tensions between the deconstruction of oppositional cultures, which had been on-going since the late 1970s and the emergence of an alternative political agency at the level of the new planetary configuration of power. Conceived before September 11, 2001, it stresses the need for carefully exploring the potential of such networks – to produce a viable alternative and legitimate source of planetary order, as well as the foreseeable limitations and hindrances to its effectiveness in bringing forth the main lines of a globalisation process ‘from below’ (see Brecher et al., 2000, Mies, 2001), as an alternative to the specific combination of new patterns of global capital accumulation (Aglietta, 2000), and a new push of ‘global business regulation’ (Braithwaite & Drahos, 2000), which has become globally dominant since the neo-liberal turn in Western politics, historically linked with the names of Thatcher and Reagan.

Keywords: capitalism; globalisation; inequality; political decentralisation; transnational social movements network

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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