Cutting the diamond: networking economic justice

Yanacopulos, Helen (2009). Cutting the diamond: networking economic justice. In: Kahler, Miles ed. Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance. Cornell Studies in Political Economy. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, pp. 67–78.



Jubilee 2000 (J2K) and Make Poverty History (MPH) have been two of the most high-profile collective action coalitions to emerge over the last decade. Both were intentionally set up to raise awareness around economic justice issues, as well as to increase political pressure on key policymakers on debt cancellation, trade justice, and increasing development aid. Both coalitions have been influential actors in world politics during the last decade. In this chapter, I examine how these two coalitions have been agents of change. The organizational form of J2K and MPH, specifically the network-of-networks form, has been successful in bringing together existing organizations such as nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, and church-based groups for the purposive aim of collective action.

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