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A book launch of Ben Selwyn’s ‘Workers, State and Development in North East Brazil: Powers of Labour, Chains of Value’ (Manchester University Press, 2012)

8 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, London
5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Within the field of development studies, the importance of class relations is usually relegated to lesser status than the roles of states and markets in generating and allocating resources. This book argues that processes of class formation, struggle, and crucially, the changing balance of class forces between capital and labour constitute a key determinant of different patterns of capitalist development. Workers, state and development in Brazil illuminates these key issues in political economy through a detailed empirical investigation of the nexus between class dynamics and developmental processes and outcomes in North East Brazil’s São Francisco valley. It details how workers in the valley’s export grape sector have utilized their structural and associational power to win concessions from employers, contributing to a progressive pattern of regional capitalist development. Based on a stimulating engagement with and critique of World Systems Theory and the Global Commodity Chains approach, this book will be of wide-ranging interest to those interested in understanding how global dynamics impact on local development. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in processes of capitalist development, class formation and dynamics, North East Brazilian political economy and International Political Economy.

Ben Selwyn is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development Studies in the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex

1. Global commodity chains, labour history and capitalist development.
2. Emergence of export grape production in North East Brazil.
3. Grape workers: structural power and associational power.
4. Women workers.
5. Managing labour.
6. Class compromise.
7. Conclusions.

234x156mm 256pp
HB 978-0-7190-8531-4 £65.00
4 line illustrations, 1 map, 19 tables

Manchester University Press
Oxford Road
ManchesterM13 9NR


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The 2012 International Labour Process will take place at the Universityof Stockholm. The deadline for submissions of proposals for abstracts and symposia is 31st October 2011. Details of the conference and how to submit abstracts through the conference website can be found here (

The website now contains full details of the special streams that will supplement the general conference. These consist of:

-S1: Lean in ideology and practice: from labour process and societal effects perspectives
-S2: Putting labour in its place: The Global Commodity Chain, the Global Value Chain, the Global Production Network and Labour Process Analysis
-S3: Work or nature? The Effects of Climate Change on the Labour Process and the Responses of the Labour Movement in the Global South and the Global North
-S4: Global capitalism, national institutions and the comparative political economy of work and employment relations

We look forward to seeing you in Stockholm,

The Conference Organisers
Fredrik Movitz, Åke Sandberg, Lotta Stern (Department of Sociology, University of Stockholm)
Paul Thompson
Convenor ILPC Steering Group

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Paul Thompson
Professor of Organisational Analysis
Department of Human Resource Management
Vice Dean (Research), Strathclyde Business School
University of Strathclyde

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September 16 -18th, 2011
Academy of Sciences
Prague, Czech Republic
Sponsored by the Global Studies Centre, Prague and the Global Studies
Association of North America.

Keynote Speakers: William Robinson and Leslie Sklair

This will be the first international conference devoted to transnational capitalist class theory and global class formation. Over the past decade a growing body of work has established TCC theory as an important theoretical approach for examining global capitalism. The conference will provide a place to share research, debate and explore this newly emerging school of social/economic analysis.

Papers topics can include: transnational capitalist class and working class formations; transnational capitalist class and national capitalist class relations; elite networks; immigration and migration; global capitalism; production networks and commodity chains; global finance; transformation of the nation-state; the transnational state; transnational governance; information technology and globalization; the military/industrial complex and state.

Registration Fees: $80.00 U.S.
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Abstracts should be sent to:
Marek Hrubec, Director of the Global Studies Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague.
Jerry Harris, Organizational Secretary of the Global Studies Association, North America
Deadline for Abstracts is June 30th.

International Organizing Committee: William Carroll, Canada; Johannah Fahey, Australia; Jerry Harris, U.S.; Marek Hrubec, Czech Republic; Georgina Murray, Australia, Bill Pelz, U.S.


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