Jeffrey Harrod

Jeffrey Harrod
Erasmus University Rotterdam | EUR · International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

LL.B. MA (International Relations) PhD (Political Science).

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Introduction
Jeffrey Harrod is Professor Emeritus from the International Institute of Social Studies/Erasmus University. He is also lecturered for many years as Visiting Professor in Political Science at University of Amsterdam. His core subject is Global Political Economy but specialisations have been in labour and trade unions and more recently multinational corporations.His continuing research is in social and political theory, corporations and social science fiction. http://www.jeffreyharrod.eu

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ASBESTOS: Politics and Economics of a Lethal Substance: Corporate Strategies in Defence of a Sector Digital reissue of 1984 sector study with new preface by Jeffrey Harrod This book was first published in 1984. At the time it was one of the few publications which focused on the practices of the mining and producing corporations. It was a sectoral...
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Why the power relations in work are the source of political attitudes and can reveal the nature of different national socio-economic structures. This paper presents a special and perhaps not well-known form of materialism – the patterns of power in production – which I argue is a materialist approach but which differs substantially from many of th...
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Since the middle of the last century the corporation has steadily increased its power to unprecedented levels. It has increased its power at the domestic level of the societies in which it originated and is headquartered by virtue of its dominate size and by politically infiltrating/influencing, and in certain areas and sectors controlling, the gov...
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For decades now social sciences have not considered the power relations within work and production as a source or determinant of politics and political power. This chapter presents an approach which could help restore the emphasis on the connection between work and politics through consideration of the human power relations that surround different...
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The purpose of this paper is to consider what findings an approach to work and production using different patterns of power relations could possibly yield concerning the responses to conditions which have emerged since the so-called 2008 crisis. Different theories and approaches to analysis of labour have different predictive outcomes from the mate...
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At its foundation in 1919 the ILO (International Labour Organisation - a specialised agency of the United Nations) was actively involved in global politics through its incorporation of trade unions in its governing structure. But the organisation found it difficult to deal with the largest portion of the world labour force that which is not organis...
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In conventional discussions of international politics it might be considered strange, if not eccentric, to start with an analysis of a small enterprise in an Indian industrial town or the pitch of a hawker in the Philippines. Yet, strangely, and perhaps without knowing it, this starting point is inherent in the position of those who argue that glob...
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A sounder understanding of global political economy and history requires a reconsideration of the role of labour and its control and motivation. Using concepts as labour market wage determination, labour cost, labour productivity, and theories of trade unionism, corporatism and systems of labour control and motivation it is argued that an internati...
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This paper views "international relations" as an expression of excessive specialisation which has distorted the study of humanity during the 20th century. As with other specialisations, in what is now called the social sciences, the path to improvement can only be through crasis, that is, synthesis. To this end the paper illustrates an attempt in i...
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This paper is particularily relevant to the current situation - mid 2020. Summary The general global developments, the focus on the competivity of nations in the world economy and the introduction of new production systems and techniques have brought into question the viability of the existing hegemonic model of labour and production. The Anglo-Am...
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A 1989 paper with a new Introduction for 2020 discussing the continued relevance of the article . Lech, Lula and Kwon were three trade unionists from Poland, Brazil and South Korea who emerged from "state corporatist" regimes to lead powerful political parties and trade unions. The 1989 paper was intended to demonstrate the usefulness of multi-powe...
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(Note on publishing history. This book was first published by Columbia University Press in 1987. No paperback was published although it had been promised. In July 2003 the publisher, however, positively responded to a request that the all rights be reverted to the author. This version is the precursor to a revised edition currently in preparation.)...
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The impact of foreign corporations on less-developed countries has usually been considered in relation to national income, capital accumulation, balance of payments and technological transfer while the more general aspects have received less attention. The purpose of this chapter is to examine some of the broader social and political effects of the...
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This was one of the earliest studies of what is now sometimes called “private authority in international relations’ global politics” used to indicate that tree are more “actors”” at the international level than states. It is hardly likely that current scholars would deny the importance of multinational corporation, non-governmental organization (ng...