Globalization and the possibility of transnational actors: the case of trade unions,
hosted by the Centre for Advanced Study in Oslo/Norway, 2013/14.
Globalization is a comprehensive process taking place on several societal levels, yet with an increasingly interwoven economy as prime mover. The process is driven by conscious actors, states and transnational corporations. Among the 100 largest economic units, 51 are corporations, 49 are states. The result is huge differentials of power and distribution of goods. The problems cannot be handled within national state frames alone. This raises the question whether there are actors that may be a counteractive force, a ‘historical subject’. The purpose of this project is to investigate the international trade union movement as a potential counteractive force, as labour is most directly facing corporations and has the relatively strongest organization among present social movements.
Workshop and book launch: Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rådssalen 12. etasje i Administrasjons- bygget ved University of Oslo. Martin Hart-Landsberg, author of Capitalist Globalization: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives (Monthly Review Press, 2013), will give the keynote speech.