Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership

My new edited volume is now published, and it was launched at the LSE’s Millennium Conference on Theory and Practice in International Relations (October 22-23, 2011).

Please follow the link to the Cambridge University Press page where orders can be placed for the volume, which will appear simultaneously in both paperback and hardback – the former has been attractively priced.

The Cambridge page contains an overview, key points, contents and list of contributors for the book:


After Bush

In November 2008 I gave a short presentation to open the discussions at a conference in Berlin called After Bush. The purpose of the conference was to look forward to the outlook for American domestic and foreign policies following the 2008 Presidential election. For those interested in my arguments about the likely shape of President Obama’s policies, a podcast of my presentation may be downloaded from the Brecht Forum’s website here.

I argued that expectations of significant and progressive change in the main aspects of American economic and foreign policy under the new president were likely to be disappointed. All of the main advisers in his economics team were likely to follow the Wall Street-dominated economic policies that the US has pursued since the Clinton administration, and that were continued through the Bush presidency after 2000. Likewise, American foreign policy – at least in its strategic objectives – was likely to continue since its purpose was to sustain a socio-economic system that consumes the lion’s share of the world’s resources.

The Powerpoint presentation to go along with this podcast can be downloaded here.


Reflections on the global crisis

This is the launch of my website — much more will follow!

Below is the abstract & outline of a lecture I delivered in Helsinki, Finland to the Capitalism 2009 conference organized by the Finland Left Forum. An edited version of the talk will be posted on the Left Forum website relatively soon.

Political Reflections on the Global Economic & Financial Crisis

The financial and economic crisis – which appears to be simply a crisis that is internal to the functioning of global capitalism – is in reality part of a much wider and deeper global crisis. In this state of economic emergency, those mainly responsible for the policies that led to the financial collapse have claimed the right to produce the solutions with relatively little significant challenge from the progressive lefts. What is needed however is a new way to think through global challenges in ways that go beyond the confines of narrow solutions that simply favour capital. In my lecture I will therefore outline some principles and policies for the progressive lefts to consider: in fiscal policy, on lifestyles and sustainability, on public services, on the ageing society and in education and culture.

A Powerpoint which formed the outline of the lecture can be downloaded here and a smaller Word document of the same can be found here.

The conference web page and abstracts of the other presentations can be found here.

For those of you who read Finnish, here is a link to a newspaper article based upon an interview where some of the main points of my lecture are discussed: Helsingin Sanomat, 23/4/09 (1MB PDF).