922 - Interdependent Transnational Inequalities and National Politics and Policies in the Americas

19.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30

Convener 1: Puhle, Hans-Jürgen (Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Political Science , Frankfurt, Germany/Deutschland)
Convener 2: Braig, Marianne (Lateinamerika Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany / Deutschland); Sabato, Hilda (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina / Argentinien)

This panel will discuss from a power-analytical perspective the socio-political dimensions of economic and social inequalities within and beyond the nation state(s). The Americas have been characterized by severe and highly persisting forms of social, economic, cultural, and political inequalities throughout their history. Consequently the Latin American and North American debates on reducing inequalities have marked politics, policies and civil society movements. These debates will be addressed by the panel from different regional perspectives. The papers will discuss, e.g., the complex relationship between transnationally induced problems and (usually) national channels for their ‘solution’, the different aspects of citizenship and social inclusion and exclusion, the various strategies of empowerment, the mechanisms of redistribution (at various levels), the respective requirements for ‘stateness’ and functioning powers that can deliver, and the transnational processes of communication and learning by the actors involved.

Keywords: transnational inequalities, stateness, citizenship, redistribution, interdependencies

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