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Title: Through whose lens? : the politics of regional and global surveillance and systemic risk in East Asia
Author: Robles, Maria Theresa Anna Castillo
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 0324
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2019
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Financial and macroeconomic surveillance involves the construction of metrics and models defining what represents 'strong' economic fundamentals and how this translates to growth. The conduct of surveillance is also driven by the notion that countries should be held accountable to the international community for the external impact of their internal policy decisions. Whilst surveillance is portrayed as a technical and apolitical exercise, it is also a political statement on what constitutes economic growth and what its sources and consequences are. This thesis examines the expansion of regional (East Asia through ASEAN+3) and global (IMF) surveillance frameworks after the global financial crisis to illustrate how the seemingly technical process of surveillance is a political exercise as well. Specifically, it argues that the mathematical models underpinning surveillance are a useful political resource in two ways: First, the emergence of different surveillance models to support regional and global surveillance gives technical justifications for competing political assertions on the risks to economic growth. Second, the proliferation of overlapping surveillance models simultaneously defines and displaces accountability in global economic governance. Mathematical modelling involves the construction and maintenance of a false dichotomy between the technical and the political. Despite its prevailing problems, the appeal of surveillance as a technocratic regulatory project has not wavered as its models can be used to justify the growing demands for and limitations of technical interventions in global economic governance. This thesis contributes to related studies on the politics of metrics and models in economic policy by examining these two parallel yet contradictory processes as a product of methodological choices specific to the practice of mathematical formalism. It does so by developing an interdisciplinary approach drawing from philosophy of science, economic sociology, and IPE literature to trace the interplay between technical and political logics in mathematical modelling.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: British Federation of Women Graduates
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DS Asia ; HB Economic Theory ; HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; HF Commerce