© 2012

The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change

  • Peter Utting
  • Shahra Razavi
  • Rebecca Varghese Buchholz

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Peter Utting, Shahra Razavi, Rebecca Varghese Buchholz
    Pages 1-22
  3. Ben Fine
    Pages 103-122
  4. Björn Beckman
    Pages 237-256
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 281-289

About this book


Global crises not only deeply impact the economy and people's livelihoods, they also unsettle basic ideas and assumptions about the meaning and drivers of development. This collection of theoretical and empirical studies explores the substance and politics of policy change following the 2007/8 crisis from the perspective of developing countries.


Governance labor market neoliberalism political economy production social policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Utting
    • 1
  • Shahra Razavi
    • 2
  • Rebecca Varghese Buchholz
    • 3
  1. 1.United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)Switzerland
  2. 2.UNRISDSwitzerland
  3. 3.UK

About the editors

CAMILA ARZA Research fellow at the Latin American School of Social Sciences and CONICET, Argentina ARINDAM BANERJEE Consultant at the Research and Information System in Developing Countries, New Delhi, India BJÖRN BECKMAN Professor in the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden SARAH COOK Director of UNRISD, Switzerland BOB DEACON Professor of International Social Policy at the University of Sheffield, UK, and Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Centre for Regional Integration in Bruges, Belgium ANDREW DOWNES Professor of Economics and Director of Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, Barbados DIANE ELSON Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK BEN FINE Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK ANDREW FISCHER Senior Lecturer of Population and Social Policy at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands INDIRA HIRWAY Director and Professor of Economics at the Centre for Development Alternatives, India BOB JESSOP Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University, UK GOVIND KELKAR Senior Analyst at the Programme and Research of the Economic Empowerment Unit, UN Women, South Asia Office, New Delhi; and Gender Advisor at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India DEV NATHAN Visiting Professor at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India; and Visiting Fellow at Duke University, Durham, USA SEETA PRABHU Senior Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme, India YING YU Research fellow at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, UK

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'This important collection opens up questions ignored by mainstream debates about international economic policy. It goes beyond the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on developing countries and on poor people to examine the politics that generate transformative change in policy thinking, and whether these developments have begun to challenge the legitimacy of neoliberal economic policy.' Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School,USA

'This is a definitive contribution to the literature on the 2008 financial crisis. Covering an impressive range of critical issues - from the structural changes triggered by the crisis to shifts in discourse on the unstable nature of capitalist economies and the scope for policy responses - we will find ourselves returning to it time and again to clarify our thinking on the crisis and its far-reaching consequences.' James Heintz, Associate Director, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, USA

'Offering a varied set of analyses, assessing both actual policy responses to the 2008 financial crisis in the Global South and the breadth of debates stimulated by the crisis, this volume provides a sober, well-grounded and constructive alternative to current austerity-obsessed policy debates.' Peter Brandt Evans, Professor of Sociology, University of California, USA