Perspectives on Global Summitry
Edited by Steven Slaughter
Chapter 7: A nébuleuse for a new world order? The G20 from a neo-Gramscian perspective
This chapter presents a neo-Gramscian perspective on the G20, framing it as a nébuleuse: an informal site of socialization where neoliberal social forces seek to construct a new consensus to govern the global economy. This process, the chapter argues, can be understood as a ‘passive revolution,’ responding to the ‘organic crisis’ of the neoliberal world order by incorporating the newly emerging social forces from the Global South and civil society into the ‘international historic bloc,’ to secure their consent for the hegemony of transnational capital. Accordingly, the chapter analyzes the struggles over the construction of this consensus since 2008, and examines the obstacles facing the G20, arguing that its success depends on the ability of the dominant forces to grant concessions to the emerging forces and incorporate their perspectives into the new consensus, and the extent to which it can resolve the issues driving the backlash against the neoliberal world order.
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