By Matt Davies, Magnus Ryner

Worldwide poverty is a relevant hindrance for international politics, but we lack and enough notion of the methods the "global bad" have an effect on modern global order. This e-book examines the proposition, encouraged through the paintings of Robert W. Cox and Jeffrey Harrod, that this type of belief needs to be in keeping with an research of ways the "global terrible" participate in strength relatives as unprotected employees. It examines the ways that creation and tool kinfolk represent international politics, and the chapters make clear the politics of construction within the 3rd global, migration, prostitution, the "clash of civilizations" and union internationalism.

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I acknowledge the financial support of the British Academy. 2. This focus on the relationship between epistemological bias and invisibility owes much to the work of Tooze and Murphy (1996), who suggest that poverty and the poor have been made invisible by the predilection of the fields of international relations and international political economy for empiricist epistemology and positivist methodology. For further discussion of the positivist and empiricist underpinnings of international theory see Smith (1996).

Currently, for example, there is a trend to use British management consultants on shortterm contracts to oversee the privatization of industries in Continental Europe. Similarly PricewaterhouseCoopers and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGEY) have been contracted to monitor the implementation of Louise Amoore 29 labour codes of conduct for garment and electronics multinationals. Their independence as intermediaries has been questioned by international trade union confederations, though it is clear that for their corporate clients they are diffusing the risks and responsibilities of outsourcing.

The relationship between globalization and social practice is explored in Amoore and Langley (2000). The ideas presented here owe much to that joint work. 8. The term homeworker denotes people working at home on tasks that are generally low paid, insecure and undertaken on a piecework basis, usually with no contract. In contrast a teleworker may be a manager, a senior professional or an other type of employee who works from home. 9. During 1999 in the UK 12 days per 1000 employees were lost due to industrial action.

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