Free Markets and Food Riots: The Politics of Global Adjustment
September 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
- Explores this general proposition in a cross-national study of the austerity protests, or the 'IMF Riots' that have affected so many debtor nations since the mid-1970s
- Argues that modern austerity protests, like the classical "bread riots" in eighteenth-century Europe are political acts aimed at injustice, but acts that are an integral part of the process of international economic and political restructuring
- Evaluates how modern food riots are most important for what they reveal about global economic transformation and its social, and political, consequences
- Provides a general framework (drawing on comparative and historical material) and then trace the cycle of uneven development, debt, neo-liberal reform, and protest in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe
- Focusses on the role of women in structural adjustment and protest politics and the features of seemingly anomalous cases which qualify the general argument
Part I: Introduction:.
1. Global Adjustment.
2. Food Riots Past and Present.
Part II: Case Studies:.
3. Fighting for Survival: Women's Responses to Austerity Programs.
4. Latin America: Popular Protest and the State.
5. Economic Adjustment and Democratization in Africa.
6. The Middle East and North Africa.
7. The Asian Debt Crisis: Structural Adjustment and Popular Protest in India.
8. Explaining Sri Lanka's Exceptionalism: Popular Responses to Welfarism and the 'Open Economy'.
9. The Politics of Economic Reform in Central and Eastern Europe.
Part III: Conclusion:.
10. Debt Crisis and Democratic Transition.
David Seddon is Professor of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and has written extensively on "the politics of structural adjustment".