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From: Nick Buxton <nick at tni.org>
Date: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 6:24 AM
Subject: [Networkedlabour] State of Power 2015 report
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 Thanks in part to people on these lists that responded to our open call
for papers, TNI was able to successfully launch our fourth annual State of
Power report this week to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The report combined insightful analyses of global power along with some
compelling infographics.

Here is a list of what we published. We welcome sharing of the analysis by
forwarding on this email to interested networks/people or retweeting our
materials via @transinstitute <https://twitter.com/transinstitute> or
sharing them using Facebook.
<https://www.facebook.com/TransnationalInstitute> We also welcome comments
and feedback on the materials as well as  ideas and suggestions for State
of Power 2016...

 State of Power 2015 http://www.tni.org/stateofpower2015

    The fourth edition of our annual State of Power report, coinciding with
the international meeting in Switzerland of what Susan George calls “the
Davos class”. This series seeks to examine different dimensions of power,
unmask the key holders of power in our globalised world, and identify
sources of transformative counter-power.
 [image: application/pdf icon]The State of Power 2015 - complete report
(pdf, 2.48MB)

   - Individual chapters of *State of Power 2015 *(with summaries) can be
   read here <http://www.tni.org/category/series/state-power-2015>
   - Infographic on Chevron and the architecture of impunity
   <http://www.tni.org/infographic/architecture-impunity> (23 Jan)
   - Essay: Davos - where journalism is corporate PR and change is consumer
   (23 Jan)
   - Who are the Davos class? See our infographic
   <http://davosclass.tni.org> and essay
   developed with occupy.com (21 Jan)

This year, TNI experimented with ‘crowd-sourcing’ by putting out an open
call for contributions. We were keen to engage activist-scholars outside
our immediate circles and curious as to how this would shape the content of
the report. The compiled essays cover an impressive breadth of themes, from
corporate law to the dominance of the financial sector, from big mining to
food speculation. They also bring to the fore social struggles to challenge
power dynamics, from Mexico to Mozambique, from Canada to Italy and Greece.


*The new Global Corporate Law*
(pdf, 179 KB)
*Juan Hernández Zubizarreta*

How transnational corporations have succeeded in replacing rule of law with
Global Corporate law, using a multitude of norms, treaties and agreements -
most recently the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - to secure
their rights to profit above human rights.

*Political Capture by the Financial Industry*
(pdf, 184KB)
*Manolis Kalaitzake*

How did the financial sector succeed escaping censure and even effective
regulation despite the global economic crisis? Through the case study of
the proposed Financial Transaction Tax, Kalaitzake looks at how the
financial sector succeeded in capturing policy and politicians and how we
might challenge their power.

*The True Stakes of Internet Governance*
(pdf, 103KB)
* Richard Hill*

Many people understand how the Internet has revolutionised society, but
have we really grasped the power implications? Richard Hill shows how US
policy-makers have used the ad hoc ‘multi-stakeholder’ governance of the
Internet for political and economic ends.

*Gambling on Hunger and Climate Change*
(pdf, 520KB)
* Sasha Breger Bush*

Financial speculation has not just rewarded bankers; it has played a major
role in fuelling hunger, land dispossession and climate change. Yet the
financial sector innovates false financial ‘solutions’ to the very problems
it creates.

*Mexico: Challenging Drug Prohibition from Below*
(pdf, 1010KB)
*Sebastian Scholl*

The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how
organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or
democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational
relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like
the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning
‘social power‘ that has the potential to change politics and policy.

*Contesting Big Mining from Canada to Mozambique*
(pdf, 358KB)
* Judith Marshall*

How have mining transnational companies and the extractive industry become
so powerful in every country, no matter their political shade? Marshall
shows how the ‘promiscuously intimate’
relationship between governments and companies developed and how we might

*Organising workers’ Counter-power in Italy and Greece*
(pdf, 142KB)
* Lorenzo Zamponi and Markos Vogiatzoglou*

Austerity in Greece and Italy has struck workers' particularly hard, but it
has also been the context for radical innovations in ’organising the
unorganised’, building new kinds of work spaces and even taking control of

*How Economics bolstered Power by obscuring it*
(pdf, 177KB)
* Michael Perelman*

Economists consistently have upheld the power of elites, at times by taking
their side overtly, but most often by ignoring or obscuring power, giving
economics a veneer of science, in which the impact on people and the
environment is hidden from public view.

*In addition to these featured essays in the book, a number of other
excellent submissions were received, which can be seen in our 'recommended

On 10/08/2014 03:03 PM, Nick Buxton wrote:

Dear friends and allies of TNI,

I am writing to ask for your help in distributing this call for essays for
Transnational Institute (TNI)'s flagship annual 'State of Power' report.

TNI in the last four years has been producing an annual 'State of Power'
report that examines corporate and elite power and also counter-power from
different angles and is released at the time of the World Economic Forum in
Davos. The report has taken the form of essays and infographics: you can
see previous editions here http://www.tni.org/category/series/state-power.
It has been our most popular report by far and is now eagerly anticipated
by many activists, movements and scholars worldwide.

This year we decided to open up the call for essays to everyone (*see draft
call below)*. We are particularly open to essays by young activist scholars
and those based in the Global South. The timing is tight this year
(abstracts by the end of this month) but we are open to reworked versions
of existing essays as well as new analysis - and hope the popular profile
of our report will get the best analysis out to an audience beyond academic

*Perhaps you might have a paper you would like to distribute, or perhaps
you are on an email list which you could send this to, or know people with
whom you collaborate who should participate?* Any help in spreading the
call is appreciated. If you are able to copy stateofpower at tni.org that
helps me keep track of where the call has gone.

Thanks in advance.

Best wishes, Nick

 Call for papers for TNI's State of Power report
 Transnational Institute  (TNI) is issuing an open call for essays/short
papers for its forthcoming* State of Power* report launched in late January
2015 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos.

TNI’s annual *State of Power* reports have, since their launch in 2012
<http://www.tni.org/report/state-corporate-power-2012>, become a must-see
reference point for citizens, activists and academics concerned with
understanding the nature of power in our globalised world. With a mixture
of compelling infographics and insightful essays, *State of Power* has
examined dimensions of power (economic, political, cultural, social),
exposed the key players who control power, and highlighted movements of
counter-power seeking to transform our world.

*Understanding power*

In 2014/2015, TNI is opening up the call to the public, particularly the
progressive academic community, in order to pull in the best analysis on
power. TNI is keen to interrogate how power is defined, distributed and
functions in our globalised world; to expose the often invisible bodies,
corporations and others who exercise influence and control over public
policy; to understand the mechanisms by which power is both acquired
acquired, used, manipulated and maintained; to understand shifts in power,
even amongst elites, that provide openings for social movements; and to
highlight the growing sources of counter-power, their potential and
contradictions, and how they might be supported in advancing social and
environmental justice.

TNI is particularly interested in essays that relate to areas we most
closely work on such as corporate impunity, trade and investment policies,
land and agrarian issues, resource grabbing, public services, security and
civil liberties, social movements and counter-power (see
http://www.tni.org/listing/work-areas) However we are ultimately interested
in the best analysis (whatever the topic) if it approaches power from the
critical perspective held by movements engaged in the struggle for social
and environmental justice and political transformation.

For an idea of the kind of essays we are interested in, please read the
essays featured in State of Power 2014:

As timing is tight, TNI is happy to publish reworked versions of previously
published material as well as new unpublished essays.

The call is an open one, but TNI has designed a process to feature what we
consider the top eight best essays in the main report. The decision on
which papers are featured will be decided by an Editorial Panel made up of
the current TNI Fellows, the Director and the Communications Manager. The
selection process will follow three stages:

1. In the first stage, researchers will be asked to provide abstracts and a
short bio. These can be abstracts based on existing papers.
2. Those whose abstracts are chosen will be asked to submit an essay. The
top eight essays will be selected for the book by the Editorial Panel
3. The top eight essays will go through a final round of revisions based on
feedback by the Editorial Panel, and subject to final copyedit. We hope to
feature one essay as an infographic. Essays that do not make the top eight
– and are considered good essays by the Editorial Panel - will be available
as downloadable PDFs linked from the main report.

*Instructions for submission*

Abstracts must be emailed to stateofpower at tni.org by *31 October 2014*.
Final essays will be due on *1 December 2014.*

   - Abstracts/essays must address the issue of power from a critical
   perspective, seeking to provide useful knowledge and analysis for movements
   engaged in the struggle for
   - Abstracts/essays can be based on  reworked versions of existing or
   previously published essays/papers
   - TNI particularly welcomes submissions by young scholars and people
   based in the Global South. Due to resource constraints though, at this
   point, we can only accept essays in English and can not pay for submissions.
   - Abstracts must be a maximum of 1000 words. They do not need to be of
   continuous prose but must capture the main arguments of the essay and can
   be expanded outlines. Bios should be 200 words.
   - Essay length: 5000 words. Shorter essays are acceptable, but not
   longer than 5000 words.
   - Style: TNI has five basic criteria for its research and publications
   that will also be used to assess the abstracts and essays:
   - Credible: Well researched and evidence-based
   - Accessible: Readable by a broad non-specialist audience (in other
   words please avoid too much academic jargon)
   - Additional: Adds depth, new insights or detail to existing
   - Radical:  Tackles the structural roots of critical issues
   - Propositional: Does not just critique, but also where relevant puts
   forward just alternatives
   - Please include an abstract at the top of the paper (maximum 500 words)
   and add a short bio (150 words)
   - Provide bibliography at end of essay and/or provide endnotes for
   references, preferably in APA style. Please do not overdo it on the
   endnotes – use it mainly for referring to facts/evidence that may be
   surprising, questioned or challenged.
   - Please send as .doc file (not .docx)
   - The decision of the Editorial Panel is final. If your abstract or
   essay is chosen for the book, please be ready to respond to peer reviews
   and copyediting comments based on the timeline below.


September        Call for abstracts/papers
31 October        Deadline for submission of essays
5 November      Notification of chosen abstracts for final essays
1 December      Submission of essays
5 December      Notification of chosen essays
10 December    Comments sent to authors
2 January        Final version submitted by author
9 January        Copyedits sent to author for final check/revision
19 January       Launch

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