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Queen's University

Susanne Soederberg

D.Phil. (Universität Frankfurt, Germany)

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Department of Political Studies
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Phone: (613) 533-6000, ext. 78391
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Research Interests

Global Political Economy; Global Development; Comparative Political Economy, with special reference to state theory; Global Governance (private and public authority); Global Finance; Foreign Aid; Transnational corporations; International Financial Institutions (IMF and World Bank).

Brief Biography

Susanne Soederberg is a Professor and Canada Research Chair, who is jointly appointed to the Departments of Political Studies and Global Development Studies. Dr. Soederberg earned her doctorate from Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Frankfurt University in Germany.  In 2000, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. In 2004, Dr. Soederberg was promoted to Associate Professor. In that same year, she was appointed as a Canada Research Chair in Global Political Economy at Queen’s University. 

She is author of several single-authored books:  The Politics of the New International Financial Architecture:  Reimposing Neoliberal Domination in the Global South  (2004);  Global Governance in Question:  Empire, Class, and the New Common Sense in Managing Globalization (2006); and  Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism:  The Politics of Resistance and Domination(2010) (winner of the Rik Davidson/Studies in Political Economy book prize 2010 and short-listed for the International Political Economy Working Group of the British International Studies Association book prize 2010), and a co-edited volume, Internalizing Globalization: The Rise of Neoliberalism and the Erosion of National Models of Capitalism (with Philip G. Cerny and Georg Menz) (2005).

Professor Soederberg’s five-year research plan (2013-2018) involves two major research projects. The first project Spaces of Debtfare: Money, Power, and the State in Contemporary Capitalism, is a single-authored book that critically explores the central role of the state and law in facilitating the expansion of consumer credit (e.g., credit cards, payday loans, student loans, micro-finance, and mortgages) with regard to low-income groups across a variety of spaces in the global North and global South.  Her next project,  Global Disaster Governance and Housing Finance, seeks to build understanding of, and accountability in global disaster relief and reconstruction initiatives, particularly as it relates to the politics of shelter in both the global North and global South.

Selected Publications

Spaces of Debtfare: Money, Power, and the State in Contemporary Capitalism (under contract with Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy).

Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism:  The Politics of Resistance and Domination. London: Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy, 2010. Winner of the Rik Davidson/Studies in Political Economy Award 2010Short-listed for the 2010 Book Prize of the British International Studies Association’s International Political Economy Group. URL:

Global Governance in Question: Empire, Class, and the New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations. London: Pluto Press, 2006.

The Politics of the New International Financial Architecture: Reimposing Neoliberal Dominance in the Global South. London: Zed, 2004.

Recent Journal Articles

'The US Debtfare State and the Credit Card Industry: Forging Spaces of Dispossession,’ Antipode: Radical Journal of Geography, Vol. 45(2), pp. 493-512, 2013.

‘Gender Equality as Smart Economics? A Critique of the 2012 World Development Report,’ Third World Quarterly(with Adrienne Roberts), Vol. 33 (5), 2012, pp. 1-20.

‘The Mexican Debtfare State: Micro-Lending, Dispossession, and the Surplus Population,’ Special Issue: ‘The Rebound of the Capitalist State: The re-articulation of state-capital relations in the global crisis,’ Globalizations, Vol. 9 (4), 2012, pp. 561-575.

‘Cannibalistic Capitalism: The Paradoxes of Neoliberal Pension Securitization,’ Leo Panitch, Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber (eds.)  Socialist Register 2011: The Crisis this Time, London: Merlin Press, 2010, in press.

‘The Politics of Representation and Financial Fetishism: The Case of the G20 Summits’, Special Issue: Relocating Culture in Development and Development in Culture,  Third World Quarterly, Vol. 31 (4), 2010, pp. 523-540.

‘The Mexican Competition State and the Paradoxes of Managed Neoliberalism,’ Policy Studies, Vol. 31 (1), 2010, pp. 77-94.

‘The Marketization of Social Justice: The Case of the Sudan Divestment Campaign,’  New Political Economy, Vol. 14 (4), 2009, pp. 211-230.

‘Deconstructing the Official Treatment for “Enronitis:” The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Neoliberal Governance of Corporate America,’  Critical Sociology, Vol. 34 (5), 2008, pp. 657-680.

‘Taming Corporations or Buttressing Market-led Development?  A Critical Assessment of the Global Compact,’  Globalizations, Vol. 4 (4), 2007, pp. 503-516.

‘Socially Responsible Investing and the Development Agenda:  Peering Behind the Veil of Non-Financial Benchmarking,’  Third World Quarterly, Vol. 28 (7), 2007, pp. 1219-1237. 

‘Freedom, Ownership, and Social (In-)Security in the United States: Expanding Opportunities or Re-constructing Dependency?,’   Cultural Critique , No. 65, 2007, pp. 92-114.

‘Financing for Whose Development? A Critique of the Monterrey Consensus,’ Alternatives: Local, Global, Political, Vol. 30 (3), 2005, pp. 325-364.

‘The Transnational Debt Architecture and Emerging Markets: The Politics of Paradoxes and Punishment,’  Third World Quarterly, Vol. 26 (6), 2005, pp. 927-950.

‘American Empire and Excluded States: The Millennium Challenge Account and the Shift to Pre-emptive Development,’  Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25 (2), 2004, pp. 297-302.

Policy Papers

‘The New Latin American Debt Crisis and its Implications for Social Policy: Lessons Drawn from the Argentine Case  ’, with Marcus Taylor. Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). Ottawa, Canada, 2004.

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