Wednesday, 9 November 2011

KCL Lectures | Brazil, China, and India: Comparative Perspectives on Domestic and International Governance

Distinguished Lecture Series | Brazil, China, and India: Comparative Perspectives on Domestic and International Governance

The King's Brazil Institute, jointly with the China and India Institutes, is pleased to announce the first of three events in the Distinguished Lecture Series. The series seeks to cultivate debate and investigate questions of political economy and sustainable development in Brazil, China, and India.
The first panel, Re-evaluating the global periphery: Contemporary growth and domestic development in Brazil, China, and India, will feature: 

Alfredo Saad Filho
 (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) on Brazil;
John B. Knight (Department of Economics, University of Oxford) on China; 
Stuart Corbridge (International Development, London School of Economics) on India.

The panel discussion will be followed by drinks and snacks.

WHEN: 29 November 2011 from 18:30.

WHERE: Old Anatomy Theatre (K6.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS 

COST: Free to attend, all welcome, no need to book

Throughout much of the twentieth century, economic growth and political power was unquestionably centred within Western Europe and North America. Today, however, old lines that once separated the global 'core' from the 'periphery' have grown increasingly blurred. While the United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States confront economic hardships and an increasing number of political hurdles, countries formally relegated to the 'developing world' are now home to skyrocketing levels of economic growth and development. At the forefront of these emergent economies are Brazil, China, and India, with a combined population of nearly 2.7 billion people and a collective landmass occupying almost twenty per cent of the earth’s total ground surface. These three countries boast thriving economies and immense resource bases, and today, increasingly, they play an expanding role in international decision-making processes.

In the first panel session, we turn our attention to contemporary development, globalisation, and domestic policy. As trade markets expand globally – and capital seeks new spaces to harness labour – material questions related to production (e.g., land, water, energy, agriculture) and sustainability become increasingly urgent. What measures will be taken by Brazil, China, and India to prolong their recent surges in economic growth, what will their priorities be, and how will domestic development programs proceed in a climate of both local and global neoliberal governance? These are some of the questions to be explored in this panel session, an encounter that brings together leading scholars with extensive research backgrounds in political economy, domestic and international policy, and regional and area expertise.

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