Improving the State of the World: World Economic Forum and the Politics of Global Economy

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2013
Funding: 3510000 SEK


Improving the State of the World: World Economic Forum and the politics of economy Abstract Economic worlds are social worlds. Modern states with capitalist economies create institu-tional conditions for stable markets. In contemporary world, states are still important market creators, but globalization processes have led to other actors becoming increasingly active in the forming of the rules and institutions of global markets. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a pivotal example of such actors. The purpose of the current project is therefore to study WEF and its attempts to establish power and influence in order to organize global mar-kets. Three major research questions are posed: How are political positions formed and articulated in the World Economic Forum? How does the World Economic Forum exercise power and influence? What role does the World Economic Forum play in the organization of global markets? The research will be conducted by way of multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork at events and activities organized by the Forum and interviews with WEF employees, as well as analysis of WEF-related texts of various kinds. Analyses will be conducted from an organizational per-spective, focusing on how WEF attempts to establish authority and exercise influence in the global domain where it is active.

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