Ph.D. Publications

Knowledges in competition: Knowledge discourse at the World Bank during the Knowledge for Development era

Global Social Policy 1468018113516968
The article contends that it is possible to better understand the World Bank’s current knowledge agenda by showing how and why a particular type of knowledge became institutionalized within the World Bank during the 1990s. Using paradigm maintenance as a theoretical framework, the article illustrates how indigenous knowledge was widely acknowledged in World Bank research during the 1990s, yet ignored in World Bank policy and practice.

Going underground: The political economy of the ‘left turn’ in South America

Third World Quarterly 34 (8): 1443-1457
This article argues that South America’s ‘revolutionary’ left turn can be best explained by its assertion of state property over natural resource extraction. The recent history of the leftist movements in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador relates to the failures of the neoliberal reforms applied in the region decades before, hence the dismantling of core orthodox policies has been critical for them once in power. This has been possible through the expansion of state action in the economy, but mainly through the governance of hydrocarbon extraction and the control of subsoil rents.

The Banco del Sur and the Return to Development

Latin American Perspectives 40 (5): 27-43
The proposal of a Banco del Sur began to be discussed in 2007 and generated important debates about the need to establish a new regional financial architecture. These discussions resulted in consensus about the importance of financing development at the regional level. An analysis of the positions and development visions of four key states—Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador— in the negotiations for the establishment of the Banco del Sur and their implications for its design reveals important differences about its purpose—whether it should be the center of an institutional network aimed at the construction of a new regional financial architecture or simply a development bank.

In Conversation with Robert Cox: Historical Change, the Occupy Movement and Frozen Social Forces

Global Social Policy 13(2): 216–225.
Robert W Cox is one of the most influential thinkers in international relations and global governance studies. After a successful 25-year career at the International Labour Organization (ILO), he took an appointment as Professor of International Organization at Columbia University in New York. Some seven years later he took a position in York University’s Political Science Department, where he remained until 1996 when he became emeritus. The following interview took place at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, in Waterloo, Ontario, July 2012.

Shaping the Middle East in the Midst of the Arab Uprisings: Turkish and Saudi foreign policy strategies

Third World Quarterly, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 1127-1144, 2013
While the Middle East and North Africa ( mena ) are undergoing rapid change, many domestic, regional and international actors are vying for
space and influence as systems and customs evolve and adopt new forms. This paper characterises and compares the evolving foreign policy strategies of two such regional actors, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Illumination and Innovation: What Philanthropic Foundations Bring to Global Health Governance

Michael Stevenson, Michael moran
Global Society, 27(2): 117-137
This article argues that because much of the scholarship examining the influence of private foundations in global health governance is either neo-Gramscian or reflexively critical in orientation, undue attention has been paid to foundations' origins, affiliations and perceived biases towards bringing technological solutions to bear on problems with deep socio-political determinants, obscuring their chief functions as global governors while downplaying their agency. Such concerns are by no means new as private philanthropic influence in the governance of global health is not a new phenomenon.

The Missing Movement: a Polanyian Analysis of Pre-Crisis America

The International Journal of Social Economics, 39 (8): 624-641
The purpose of this paper is to seek to apply Polanyi's theory of the double movement as a response to the effects of economic liberalization and globalization to the pre-2007 American economy. In so doing, it seeks to ascertain the reasons why this assumed double movement did not materialize until after the post-2007 global economic crisis. This paper argues that Polanyi's concept of a societal countermovement has been absent from the post-1970 period of economic liberalism and globalization until just recently due to an explicit attempt by the forces of capital to circumvent its role in lessening the harmful effects of American capitalism.