1st Edition

Local Politics, Global Impacts
Steps to a Multi-disciplinary Analysis of Scales

ISBN 9781138384057
Published June 11, 2019 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Serving as a touchstone for a much-needed research program on social scales, this volume challenges disciplinary boundaries and brings into focus a paradoxical state of affairs in contemporary thought: the domain of local-global interactions has not yet been identified as an object of analysis in its own right, despite engaging a large, multi-disciplinary research community with strong potential for cross-fertilization. Bringing together internationally renowned as well as emerging scholars, this book presents concrete case studies framed by theoretical concern with the issue of scale. It demonstrates that a diverse array of theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives can productively converge on a common set of problems related to social, temporal and spatial scales and contemporary globalization. Local Politics, Global Impacts will stimulate empirical and theoretical research that focuses on understanding how political concepts, practices, and instruments translate across scales, and contribute to the emergence of a self-aware community of scholars and practitioners focusing explicitly on modelling the dynamics of local-regional-global interactions.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Olivier Charnoz, Virginie Diaz Pedregal and Alan L. Kolata. Part I Epistemology: Fractal social facts: a Durkheimian model for a globalized era, Jacques Plouin; The scale issue in global international environment governance: for a transdisciplinary perspective, François Lerin. Part II From Local to Global Dynamics: Corruption, scale and governance in India, Arjun Appadurai; Drugs, local politics and the subversion of global counter-narcotics ideology in Burma’s eastern borderlands, 1988-2012, Patrick Meehan; The political economy of China’s urban expansion and its climate cost: insights from Nanjing, Jie Yu and Olivier Charnoz; Scalar effects in transnational networks: the Arab Spring and the global response, Nikolaos Zahariadis and Akis Kalaitzidis. Part III From Global to Local Dynamics: The local power effects of global discourses: a methodological enquiry into ‘community participation’, Olivier Charnoz; A containment tool in changing hands: the global discourse on participation in Latin America, Olivier Charnoz; The effects of donors’ ownership and participatory policy ideas on local power structures: a case study of informal settlements in Nairobi, Andrea Rigon; Ownership and participatory processes: from global motto to local challenges. The case of a key poverty reduction program in ethnic minority areas of Vietnam, Christian Culas, Mireille Razafindrakoto and François Roubaud; Globalization and domestic politics: a call for theoretical reorientation, Lloyd Gruber. Index.

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Olivier Charnoz is a Political Scientist and international consultant in development and global governance issues. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Virginie Diaz Pedregal is a research fellow in political sociology, at the AFD Research Department (French Development Agency) in Paris. Alan Kolata is the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.


’Finally a contribution to global governance that takes the study of power relations all the way down to the local level! Understanding the recursive impact of global and local dynamics is crucial for development practice and a feature of all of the most pressing issues in current times.’ Cornelia Woll, Sciences Po Paris, France ’The two-way interaction between global politics and local politics is an essential but under-explored question in several academic disciplines. This volume breaks new ground by combining sophisticated theoretical perspectives on the scale problem in global governance with a series of empirically rich and thought-provoking case studies. The collection should become an important point of reference for the next generation of studies on political processes spanning spatial scales.’ Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK