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New wave of economic globalization: development opportunities and challenges for countries in the Global South

Bandung: Journal of the Global South welcomes submissions to the thematic series on the 'New wave of economic globalization: development opportunities and challenges for countries in the Global South'

The United States (US) has played an important role in contemporary economic globalization, driven primarily by cross-border movement of trade and investment. With the establishment of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT, the precursor of the World Trade Organization), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, the US has further consolidated its control over world trade, international monetary system and global economic development.

While many developing countries today continue to rely on the US for export-oriented economic growth, America has seemingly lost its capability to manage the impact of globalization on its domestic economy. To revitalize the US economy, President Trump seeks to increase its exports and encourage more inward investments. If his policy works, it would significantly impact economic globalization developed over the past decades.  Economic globalization also involves institutional mechanisms that underwrite responsibilities and obligations of each country. Although the US is unwilling to see China play a dominant role in global economic institutions, China’s growing influence in world economy is irreversible.

The purpose of this thematic series is to develop an understanding of the new phenomenon of economic globalization driven by the growing Sino-US structural competition and the potential impact on developing countries. The impact from the economic globalization is not merely on trade and investment. Social issues such as income inequality, job market restructuring and political issue such as weaker sovereignty in the globalization are also key concerns arising from globalization. Moreover, military, political and diplomatic relations of countries are also important actors that shape new trends in economic globalization. Due to uncertain global economic climate, countries may adjust their relations with the US and China that will best serve their national interests. Nonetheless, developing countries may face internal and external constraints to make such a change.

This thematic series also aims to generate academic and policy debates on the prospects of economic globalization and developing countries’ counter-responses thereof. A political economy perspective is the preferred research methodology, and both theoretical and empirical research papers are welcomed. Authors can base their analysis on individual economies or a group of countries.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Economic development and globalization
  • Foreign investments and globalization
  • International trade  and globalization
  • International labors’ migration and globalization
  • Inflow and outflow of financial capital and globalization
  • International/regional production network and globalization
  • Free trade agreement and globalization
  • Multilateral trade agreements and globalization
  • OBOR and globalization
  • Income inequality and globalization
  • Politics and globalization
  • International relations and globalization

Submission Instructions

 Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Bandung: Journal of the Global South. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Bandung: Journal of the Global South submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'New wave of economic globalization: development opportunities and challenges for countries in the Global South'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Interested authors  can send their inquiries, a proposed paper topic and abstract of 250 words to Dr. CHIANG Min-hua, Guest Editor of the Special Issue, at 

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2018

Lead Guest Editor: CHIANG Min-hua, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Guest Editor: Bernard Gerbier, Université Grenoble Alpes​​​​​​​, France

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  •  Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient 
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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