Free Markets and Food Riots

Free Markets and Food Riots

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This book describes and explains the extraordinary wave of popular protest that swept across the so-called Third World and the countries of the former socialist bloc during the period from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, in response to the mounting debt crisis and the austerity measures widely adopted as part of economic qreformq and qadjustmentq. Explores this general proposition in a cross-national study of the austerity protests, or the 'IMF Riots' that have affected so many debtor nations since the mid-1970s Argues that modern austerity protests, like the classical qbread riotsq in eighteenth-century Europe are political acts aimed at injustice, but acts that are an integral part of the process of international economic and political restructuring Evaluates how modern food riots are most important for what they reveal about global economic transformation and its social, and political, consequences Provides a general framework (drawing on comparative and historical material) and then trace the cycle of uneven development, debt, neo-liberal reform, and protest in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe Focusses on the role of women in structural adjustment and protest politics and the features of seemingly anomalous cases which qualify the general argumentAs Ghai and Hewitt de Alcantara remark, the challenges posed by recession and adjustment lend momentum to other kinds of family and neighbourhood cooperation which go beyond simple a€œsurvival strategiesa€ and create centres of dialogue and mutual ... of subsidies on such public goods as utilities or transport, the lack of credit for housing, the sudden rise in food prices or environmental problems.

Title:Free Markets and Food Riots
Author:John K. Walton, David Seddon
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2011-08-10


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