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P03a


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The rise of China and the re-scaling global development politics 
Convenors:
Giles Mohan (The Open University)
Indrajit Roy (University of York)
Stream:
Politics and political economy
Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Friday 8 July, 11:00-11:40 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

Discourses around a 'new cold war' conclude that the liberal international order is threatened by China. Yet, new mobilities of capital, people, and knowledge re-orient the who, what, where and how of global development politics which this panel addresses through empirically-based theorisation.

Long Abstract

Putative discourses around a 'new cold war' posit a politics of scale that is based on extant imaginaries of super-power rivalry and 'spheres of influence', and which ultimately conclude that the liberal international order is under threat from China and other erstwhile developing countries. Yet, if we consider new mobilities of capital, people, and knowledge then the reality on the ground suggests a more complex, multi-scalar politics of development. These emerging dynamics force us to radically re-orient the who, what, where and how of global development, which break away from crude 'North-South' geographies to focus on interconnected scales. But development studies' rootedness in political-economy means we retain a critical focus on who benefits and who loses from these emergent processes so that questions of exclusion and peripheralization, and their opposites, are central.

This paper-based panel seeks to assemble empirically-informed theorisations of global development politics in the current conjuncture and to chart emergent trajectories. We are particularly interested in hearing from early career scholars and PhD students, as well as scholars based outside Western Europe and North America. Participants will ideally deliver a video with slides three weeks before the session and the discussant will open the session with a provocation before opening up for discussion. The session would be edited into a video podcast co-hosted by the Open University and University of York.

Accepted papers: