Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror
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Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror

Edited by Maurice Mullard and Bankole A. Cole

This book explores globalisation and the war on terror in a world that is becoming increasingly and significantly polarised and in which dialogue is undermined. The authors contend that citizenship does not obey a static definition, and that its meaning is located in changing economic, social and political contexts. Equally, civil, political and social rights are continually being politically defined. The war on terror has, the book argues, influenced issues of civil liberties and prioritised the need for ‘security’ over and above the protection of human rights: it has redefined the meaning of the rule of law.
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Chapter 9: Building Institutions for Freedom: The Economic Dimension of the ‘War on Terror’

Simon Lee


Simon Lee INTRODUCTION Since September 11, 2001, the study of global governance has tended to focus understandably on the political and military consequences of the Bush administration’s aggressively unilateralist approach to fighting the ‘war on terror’. The desire to reintroduce Reaganite moral leadership to the process of global governance and the assembly of a ‘coalition of the willing’ has been associated with the influence upon American foreign policy of neo-conservatism (PFANAC, 1997, 1998, 2000). Comparatively little attention has been paid to the extent to which neo-conservatism has influenced the Bush administration’s agenda for world economic development and the international institutions that seek to govern that process. Paradoxically, the Bush administration has defined the war on terror as ‘both a battle of arms and a battle of ideas’ (USGOV, 2006, p. 9). That battle of ideas has included a distinctive neo-conservative political economy, in relation to the role played by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the process of global economic development and governance. However, until the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to become President of the World Bank in March 2005, the relationship between neo-conservatism and the foreign economic policy of the Bush administration, both in terms of personnel and ideology, had been much less transparent than that between neo-conservatism and national security policy (which Colin Tyler has addressed in Chapter 3). This chapter explores the political economy of neo-conservatism and seeks to identify how the Bush administration’s agenda for the World Bank and...

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