CfP: Making Globalization: the Integration of the World Economy in the late 20th century

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CfP: Making globalization: the integration of the world economy in the late 20th century


Organizers: Marco Bertilorenzi (DISSGEA, Padua), Lucia Coppolaro (SPGI, Padua), Lorenzo Mechi (SPGI, Padua), Francesco Petrini (SPGI, Padua)


Venue: Padua, October 17-18, 2018


Deadline: July 20, 2018


A defining characteristic of the late 20th century was the renewed globalization of the world economy. Following the turmoil of the 1970s, the world economy speedily entered a new era of globalization as trade, migration and capital flows expanded quickly and more countries became intensively integrated.


Because of its impact on nearly every aspect of human life, globalization is now one of the most debated and investigated topics. For at least twenty years, scholars have discussed the effects and consequences of globalization on macroeconomic conditions, labor markets, and inequality (David Autor and Pinelopi Goldberg, Dani Rodrik, Thomas Piketty), have criticized how globalization has been managed by international financial institutions (Joseph Stiglitz) and have also made compelling arguments about how to make economic growth stemming from globalization more equally distributed (Jagdish Bhagwati, Anne Krueger).


While the debate on the pros and cons of globalization and its effects has flourished, less attention has been dedicated to the origins of globalization and to those factors that triggered integration of the world economy. As Hay and Marsh remarked, globalization often is explained as the result of the increase in trade and financial flows and the intensification of communication and transportation since the 1970s. Moreover, the most common accounts identify technological innovation as an exogenous factor which, independent of any political choice, has fostered integration of the world economy. In other words, globalization usually is described as a natural and inevitable process, and explained through globalization itself.


Our conference aims to reappraise this account by exploring the origins of late-20th century globalization and investigating the processes underlying it. The goal is to understand how globalization was achieved, what were its basic components, which steps can be considered milestones, and more generally who created the political, institutional and technological conditions on which globalization has developed and how and when this occurred. In short, our aim is to put into an historical perspective the origins and the making of globalization, and to identify the main and decisive turning points that triggered worldwide integration.


We would welcome research papers in any field related to the origins of globalization, including but not limited to the following topics:


- The role of state institutions, international organizations, transnational actors, and firms in the making of globalization;

- The construction of globalization in its various dimensions such as trade, migration, financial flows, transportation, communication, technological developments, etc.;

- The diffusion over recent decades of ideas that promoted liberalization and deregulation and explained the inevitability of globalization;

- Challenges and alternatives to the fledgling globalization promoted by social and political forces, international, and transnational actors.


Any other topics related to the conference theme will also be considered.


Authors are invited to submit an abstract (500 words) together with a brief bio to no later than July 20, 2018. Accepted contributors will be communicated by July 30, 2018 and a paper of no more than 5000 words will be required by October 1, 2018.


Travel and hotel costs will be covered by the University of Padova.


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