Embedding Post-Capitalist Alternatives: The Global Network of Alternative Knowledge Production

  • William K. Carroll University of Victoria
  • J.P. Sapinski University of Victoria
Keywords: Transnational networks, counter-hegemonic bloc, North-South ties, social movements


Since the 1970s, transnational alternative policy groups (TAPGs) have emerged as a component of global civil society, generating visions and strategies for a "globalization from below" that point toward post-capitalist alternatives. Here, we map the global network ofTAPGs and kindred international groups in order to discern how TAPGs are embedded in a larger formation. In this era of capitalist globalization, do TAPGs, like their hegemonic counterparts, bridge across geographic spaces (e.g. North-South) and movement domains to foster the convergence across difference that is taken as a criterial attribute of a counter-hegemonic historical bloc? Our network analysis suggests that TAPGs are well placed to participate in the transformation of the democratic globalization network from a gelatinous and unselfconscious state, into an historical bloc capable of collective action toward an alternative global order. However, there are gaps in the bloc, having to do with the representation and integration of regions and movement domains, and with the salience of post-capitalism as a unifying social vision. Also, our architectonic network analysis does not reveal what the various relations and mediations in which TAPGs are active agents actually mean in concrete practice. There is a need both for closer analysis of the specific kinds of relations that link transnational alternative policy groups to other international actors, including intergovernmental organizations and funding foundations, and for field work that explores the actual practices of these groups, in situ.
How to Cite
Carroll , W. K., & Sapinski, J. (2013). Embedding Post-Capitalist Alternatives: The Global Network of Alternative Knowledge Production. Journal of World-Systems Research, 19(2), 211-240. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2013.508
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