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Call for papers - Research in Political Economy volume 33

Environmental Impacts of Transnational Corporations in the Global South during the period of Neoliberal Globalization

In this proposed volume the aim is to present a collection of contributions addressing the impact of Transnational Corporations (TNCs) on the environment in the Global South during the present period of neoliberal globalization. Since the end of the 1970s, the role of TNCs in the global economy has moved to a qualitatively different stage. As these TNCs came of age, so to speak, many of the changes in terms of international institutions and the establishment of free trade zones reflect the interests of these corporate behemoths. The influence of TNCs, as reflected in free trade (and investment) treaties, such as the TPP, NAFTA, etc., and the establishment of the WTO has limited the effectiveness of environmental protections.  It is the interest of this volume to provide several key examples discussing the environmental consequences and crises caused by the ever increasing hegemony of these transnational corporations for recent decades within the Global South.

The range of environmental impacts is extensive: from problems associated with air, water and soil pollution, destruction of ecosystems at different levels, including acid rain, loss of biodiversity and systemic climate change. These range of environmental consequences are clearly linked to the major productive transformations associated with the ever-expanding networks and domination of TNCS. Tendencies such as extractivism and the constant extension of its frontier in regions of the world such as Latin America, Africa and Asia are clear outcomes produced by the TNCs global value chains, accelerated by the increased role of China in the global economy.

A non-exhaustive list of potential themes or topics:

  • TNCs, environmental movements, and struggles against TNC megaprojects
  • TNCs, environment, modern science, ecology and legitimizing discourses
  • TNCs and environmental, public health and social impacts. Case studies
  • Transnational Capital and the Environmental Impacts on Peasant and Indigenous Communities
  • Environmental consequences resulting through the exercising of power by TNCs in national and international institutions
  • TNCs, Patriarchy and Environmental Impacts 
  • TNCs and Water in the Global South
  • TNCs Energy Production and Consumption and the Impact on the Environment in the global South
  • Accumulation by Dispossession in the Periphery: Extractive Industries, TNCS and the Environment
  • The Global Value Chain of Soy and Pesticides
  • The role of ground rent in an ever transnationalized economy and its environmental consequences

Proposals should be sent to pcooney@ungs.edu.ar by 1 November 2017
Proposal Acceptances will be sent out by 15 November 2017
Papers will be due by 15 of December 2017

Proposals should be limited to 500 words and papers should be limited to approximately 15,000 words, including footnotes and references.

Co-Editors of Volume 33:

Paul Cooney (Professor of Economics at UNGS, Argentina)
William Sacher (Dr. of Development Economics, FLACSO, Ecuador)