Contemporary political agency : theory and practice


Contemporary political agency : theory and practice

edited by Bice Maiguashca and Raffaele Marchetti

(Routledge series on global order studies / edited by David Armstrong and Karoline Postel-Vinay, 3)

Routledge, 2014, c2013

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index

"First issued in paperback 2014"--T.p. verso



This book explores and critically reflects on the theory and practice of political agency in contemporary global politics. In light of the changing relationship between the state, the market and the society, it seeks to map both theoretically and empirically contemporary forms of global political agency. This book reflects on the theory and practice of political agency in contemporary global politics. More specifically, it empirically analyses a range of different forms of political agency and explores their significance for understanding and enacting global politics. Reflecting the efforts of scholars from a variety of disciplines from political theory and Sociology to Geography and International Relations, it brings into conversation a wide spectrum of theoretical approaches including Marxism, feminism, post-structuralism and historical institutionalism. The contributors compare a range of forms of political agency; exploring their significance for the theory and practice of global politics; and reflect on the tensions and synergies generated by recent efforts to conceptualise them. Demonstrating an innovative and interdisciplinary approach Contemporary Political Agency will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, sociology, political economy and political theory.


Introduction Raffaele Marchetti 1. Political Agency and Subjectivity in the Crisis of Modernity Debora Spini 2. Political Agency between Urban and Transnational Spaces Clive Barnett 3. Judicial Agency in the Building of the European Union: A Comparison of the European Court of Justice and the US Supreme Court Derek Beach 4. Political Agency in the Economy: Cooperatives, Solidarity and Territory in Euskadi and Aquitaine Xavier Itcaina 5. Political Agency and the Responsibility Paradox: Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility Gerald F. Davis, Marina von Neumann Whitman and Mayer N. Zald 6. Exploring the Conditions of Possibility for Political Agency: Rethinking Politicization from a Feminist Perspective Bice Maiguashca 7. Radical Political Agency: Affective Politics in the Case of the Zapatistas of Chiapas Susan McManus 8. Social Infrastructures of Political Agency: The Political Mobilization of the Women of the Market in Lome Charles Heller and Branwen Gruffydd Jones

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