Dr Ngai-Ling Sum

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Research Interests

Ngai-Ling Sum's theoretical interests centre on the regulation approach, international political economy, and the challenges of post-structuralism. She is particularly interested in developing a 'cultural political economy' that combines the 'cultural turn' and the study of 'political economy' considered both as a set of methods and as a field of study. She is also the co-director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre (for more information on 'cultural political economy' and the centre visit http:www.lancaster.ac.uk/cperc). More recently, she has been working on global governance, transnational business governance, corporate social responsibility and the cultural political economy of competitiveness. Together with Prof. Bob Jessop, she co-ordinates an ESRC seminar series on 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness' 2007-9 (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/changingcultures/). She was granted the British Academy BARDA Award 2008-2010 on the Changing Cultures of Comeptitiveness: Comapring China and India.Empirically, she studies the 'cultural political economy' of Asia, cross-boder region of 'Pearl River Delta', the newly-industrializing countries before and after the Asian Crisis, and the BRIC imaginay. She participates in two international research projects on 'post-Crisis Asia' funded by the Korean Science Foundation and the EU Framework Six 'Priority 7' Programme on 'Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society'. She is currently on the editorial boards of Pacific Review and Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. She is also Programme Director of the MA on Globalization and the Information Age: Post-Disciplinary Perspectives and the Co-Director of MA Programmes. Her co-authored book (with Bob Jessop) on Beyond the Regulation Approach won the Gunnar Myrdal Prize for the best book published in 2006 that conforms broadly to the aims of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy.

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Research Grants

2004-7 DEMOLOGOS, EU Framework Six 'Priority 7' Programme on 'Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society' (No. CIT2-CT-2004-505462)

2007-9 ESRC research seminar series on 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness' (with Universities of Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Northumbria) (No. RES-451-26-0439)

2008-2010 British Academy BARDA Award on 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness: A Cultural Political Economy Approach' - a Comparison of Pearl River Delta (China) and India (No. BARDA-48854)

What is critical?
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 12/05/2016 In: Critical Policy Studies. 10, 1, p. 105-109. 5 p.
Journal article

Towards a cultural political economy: putting culture in its place in political economy
Sum, N., Jessop, B. 29/11/2013 Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. 582 p. ISBN: 9781845420369. Electronic ISBN: 9780857930712.
Book

Kulturelle politische Ökonomie und der Regulationsansatz
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 10/2013 In: Fit für die Krise?. Muenster : Westfaelisches Dampfboot p. 57-89. 23 p.
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A Cultural Political Economy of Crisis Recovery: (Trans-)National Imaginaries of 'BRIC' and the Subalterns in China, Economy and Society
Sum, N. 03/2013 In: Economy and Society. 42, p. 1-24. 24 p.
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Competitiveness, the Knowledge-Based Economy and Higher Education
Sum, N., Jessop, B. 03/2013 In: Journal of the Knowledge Economy. 4, 1, p. 24-44. 21 p.
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A cultural political economy of crisis responses: a turn to BRIC and the case of China
Sum, N. 2013 In: Before and beyond the global economic crisis. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 173-196. 24 p.
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Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta as a cross-border region: the politics of repositioning and rescaling
Sum, N. 2013 In: Urban and regional development trajectories in contemporary capitalism. London : Routledge p. 148-172. 25 p.
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The cultural political economy of competitiveness, competition law, and competition policy in Asia
Sum, N. 2013 In: Asian capitalism and the regulation of competition. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 79-95. 17 p.
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Cultural political economy, strategic essentialism, and neo-liberalism
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 2012 In: Neoliberal Urbanism and Its Contestations. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 80-96. 17 p.
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Financial crisis, land-induced financialization and the subalterns in China
Sum, N. 2011 In: China's labor question. Munich : Rainer Hampp Verlag p. 199-208. 10 p.
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Global retail accululation strategies and Wal-mart's CSR regime
Sum, N. 2011 In: Business regulation and non-state actors. London : Routledge p. 173-188. 16 p.
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In search for a thick description and a happy network: a response to Zimmerman
Sum, N. 2011 In: Global design history. London : Routledge p. 163-165. 3 p.
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The making and recontextualizing of ‘competitiveness’ as a knowledge brand across different sites and scales
Sum, N. 2011 In: Brands and branding geographies. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 165-186. 22 p.
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Cultural Political Economy: Logics of Discovery, Epistemic Fallacies, the Complexity of Emergence, and the Potential of the Cultural Turn
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 09/2010 In: New Political Economy. 15, 3, p. 308-315. 8 p.
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Critical discourse analysis, cultural political economy and economic crisis
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 2010 In: Diskurs - Politik - Identität / Discourse - Politics - Identity. Tuebingen : Stauffenberg Verlag p. 95-103. 9 p.
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Cultural political economy of neoliberalism: the production and negotiations of 'competitiveness' as hegemonic logic(s)
Sum, N. 2010 In: Economic transitions to neoliberalism in middle-income countries. London : Routledge p. 47-61. 15 p.
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Die (Semi-)Peripherie ins Zentrum ruecken: Zur kulturellen Politischen Oekonomie der BRIC-Staaten
Sum, N. 2010 In: Prokla. 161, p. 543-566. 24 p.
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The Cultural Political Economy of Transnational Knowledge Brands: Porterian Competitiveness Discourse and its Recontextualization to Hong Kong/Pearl River Delta
Sum, N. 2010 In: Journal of Language and Politics. 9, 4, p. 546-573. 28 p.
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Wal-Martization and CSR-ization in developing countries
Sum, N. 2010 In: Corporate social responsibility and regulatory governance . Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 50-76. 27 p.
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The Production of Hegemonic Policy Discourses: 'Competitiveness' as a Knowledge Brand and its (Re-)Contextualization
Sum, N. 2009 In: Critical Policy Studies. 3, 2, p. 184-203. 20 p.
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Neoliberalism and cultures of ‘competitiveness’ in East Asia: numbers, clusters and chains
Sum, N. 10/2008 In: Memoirs of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. p. 50-67. 18 p.
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Struggles Against Wal-Martization and Neo-liberal Competitiveness in (southern) China: Is Post-Neoliberalism an Alternative?
Sum, N. 2008 In: Development Dialogue. 51, n/a, p. 156-168. 13 p.
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Beyond the Regulation Approach: Putting Capitalist Economies in Their Place.
Jessop, R., Sum, N. 2006 Edward Elgar. 496 p. ISBN: 1845420373.
Book

Towards a cultural international political economy: post-structuralism and the Italian school
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 2006 In: International political economy and post-structural politics. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 157-176. 20 p. ISBN: 1403949328, 9781403949325.
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Globalization and paradoxes of Ethical Transnational Production: Code of Conduct in a Chinese Workplace.
Sum, N., Ngai, P. 06/2005 In: Competition & Change. 9, 2, p. 181-200. 20 p.
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Global financial markets and the ICT revolution: perfect market or (im-)perfect domination?
Sum, N. 2005 In: Global politics in the information age. Manchester : Manchester University Press p. 96-115. 20 p. ISBN: 9780719067945.
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On pre- and post-disciplinarity in (cultural) political economy.
Jessop, R.D., Sum, N.-. 2005 Nanjing, China : Jiangsu Academy of Administration.
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Towards a cultural political economy : discourses, material power and (counter-) hegemony.
Sum, N. 2005 DEMOLOGOS.
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Informational capitalism and the remaking of "Greater China": strategies of siliconization
Sum, N. 2004 In: Cyber China. New York : Palgrave p. 205-236. 32 p.
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The paradox of a tourist centre: Hong Kong as a place of play and a site of fear
Sum, N., So, M. 2004 In: Tourism mobilities. London : Routledge p. 119-130. 22 p.
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Informational Capitalism and U.S. Economic Hegemony: Resistance and Adaptations in East Asia.
Sum, N. 09/2003 In: Critical Asian Studies. 35, 3, p. 373-398. 26 p.
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Spaces of capital and spaces of hope : Harvey's dialectical geographical materialism.
Sum, N. 07/2003 In: New Political Economy. 8, 2, p. 287-292. 6 p.
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On the importance of pre- and post- Disciplinary approaches in political economy.
Sum, N., Jessop, R.D. 06/2003 In: Rev. l'ISMEA. 39, p. 993-1016. 24 p.
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(Post-)Asian crisis' and 'Greater China': on the bursting of the 'bubbles' and hi-tech (re-)imaginations
Sum, N. 2003 In: Contemporary China . London : Routledge p. 190-220. 31 p. ISBN: 9780700716371.
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(Re-)imagining 'Greater China': Silicon Valley and the strategy of siliconisation
Sum, N. 2003 In: China and the Internet. London : Routledge Curzon p. 102-126. 25 p. ISBN: 0415277728, 9780415277723.
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Economic governance in the information age: counter-hegemonic challenges and sub-hegemonic adaptations.
Sum, N. 2003 In: Global governance, conflict and resistance. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 174-193. 20 p. ISBN: 1403916373.
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On Pre- and Post-Disciplinarity in (Cultural) Political Economy.
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 2003 In: Economie et Société-Cahiers de l'ISMEA. 39, 6, p. 993-1015. 23 p.
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Rethinking globalisation: re-articulating the spatial scales and temporal horizons of transborder space.
Sum, N. 2003 In: State/Space: A Reader. Oxford : Blackwell p. 208-224. 17 p. ISBN: 0631230343.
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'Siliconization' in Ostasien.
Sum, N. 2002 In: Das Argument. 248, Heft 5, p. 752-762. 11 p.
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Globalisation regionalisation and cross-border modes of growth in East Asia: the (re-) constitution of 'time-space governance'.
Sum, N. 2002 In: Globalisation, regionalisation and cross-border regions. London : Palgrave p. 50-74. 25 p.
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Globalization and Hong Kong's entrepreneurial city strategies: contested visions and the remaking of city governance in (post-) crisis Hong Kong
Sum, N. 2002 In: The new Chinese city. Oxford : Blackwell p. 74-91. 18 p. ISBN: 0631229485.
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Globalization, regionalization, and cross-border regions: scales, discourses and governance
Perkmann, M., Sum, N. 2002 In: Globalisation, regionalisation and cross-border regions. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 3-24. 22 p. ISBN: 9780333919293.
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Globalization, regionalization, and cross-border regions
Perkmann, M., Sum, N. 2002 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 266 p. ISBN: 9780333919293.
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Rearticulation of spatial scales and temporal horizons of a cross-border mode of growth: the (re-)making of 'Greater China'
Sum, N. 2002 In: Globalization, regionalization and cross-border regions. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 151-175. 25 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The 'geo-governance' and 'embeddedness' of cross-border regional modes of growth: some theoretical issues and the case of 'greater China'.
Sum, N. 2002 In: Economy and society : money, capitalism and transition : reciprocity, redistribution and exchange : embedding the economy in society. Montre´al London : Black Rose Books p. 248-283. 36 p. ISBN: 1551641860.
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The material, strategic and discursive dimensions of the Asian crisis: subsequent developments
Sum, N. 2002 In: Rethinking development in East Asia . Richmond London : Curzon p. 53-79. 27 p. ISBN: 0700712143.
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Pre-disciplinary and Post-disciplinary Perspectives.
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 03/2001 In: New Political Economy. 6, 1, p. 89-101. 13 p.
Journal article

A material-discursive approach to the 'Asian crisis': the breaking and remaking of the production and financial orders.
Sum, N. 2001 In: The European Union and East Asia : inter-regional linkages in a changing global system. Northampton : Edward Elgar p. 125-153. 29 p. ISBN: 1840643943.
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A temporal-spatial approach on cross-border subregions: time-space envelopes and governance.
Sum, N. 2001 In: Regionalism and subregionalism in East Asia : the dynamics of China. New York : Nova Science p. 29-44. 16 p. ISBN: 1560728728.
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An integral approach to the Asian 'crisis': the (dis-)articulation of the production and financial (dis-)orders.
Sum, N. 2001 In: Capital and Class. 74, p. 139-164. 26 p.
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Jabonjuui Shigongan-ui Dayangsung: Baetaeduen Suchuljuui-wa Governance
Sum, N. 2001 In: Gonggan-kwa-sahoe. 15
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Theorising the development of East Asian newly-industrialising countries: a regulationist perspective.
Sum, N. 2001 In: Regulation theory and the crisis of capitalism. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 354-390. 37 p. ISBN: 1858982790.
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Time-space envelopes, governance and the subregion of 'Greater China'.
Sum, N. 2001 In: Regionalism and subregionalism in East Asia : the dynamics of China. New York : Nova Science p. 83-110. 28 p. ISBN: 1560728728.
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An entrepreneurial city in action: Hong Kong's emerging strategies in and for (inter)urban competition
Jessop, B., Sum, N. 11/2000 In: Urban Studies. 37, 12, p. 2287-2313. 27 p.
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Beyond 'techno-globalism' and 'techno-nationalism': re-articulating the sites and stakes of technologic competitiveness in East Asia
Sum, N. 2000 In: Globalization and its critics. Basingstoke : Macmillan p. 223-244. 22 p.
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From politics of identity to politics of complexity: a possible research agenda for feminist politics/movements across time and space
Sum, N. 2000 In: Thinking through feminism. London : Routledge p. 131-144. 14 p.
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Globalization and its other(s): three 'new kinds of Orientalism' and the political economy of trans-border identity
Sum, N. 2000 In: Demystifying globalization. Basingstoke : Macmillan p. 111-132. 22 p.
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New orientalisms, global capitalism, and the politics of synergetic differences: discursive construction of trade relations between the USA, Japan and the East Asian NICs
Sum, N. 1999 In: Global futures. London : Macmillan Press p. 91-121. 31 p.
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Politics of identities and the making of the 'Greater China' subregion in the post-Cold War era
Sum, N. 1999 In: Subregionalism and world order. Basingstoke : Macmillan p. 197-222. 26 p.
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The re-articulation of spatial scales and temporal horizons: the role of aglobal-regional-gateway city and the transborder space of "Greater China"
Sum, N. 1999 In: Reitaku Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies . 7, 2, p. 83-116. 34 p.
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Cross border sub-regionalism in East Asia: some implications for the German-Polish border region
Sum, N. 1998 In: Emergo. 5, 1, p. 75-100. 26 p.
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Theorizing export-oriented economic development of East Asian newly-industrializing countries
Sum, N. 1998 In: Dynamic Asia. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 44-78. 35 p.
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Ostasitischer Exportismus und Global-Regional-Lokale Dynamik: Von der Regulation zur Geo-Governance von Zeit und Raum
Sum, N. 1997 In: Jenseits der Nationalökonomie?. Berlin : Argument Verlag p. 167-213. 47 p.
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Time-space embeddedness" and "geo-governance" of cross-border regional modes of growth: their nature and dynamics in East Asian cases
Sum, N. 1997 In: Beyond market and hierarchy. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 159-195. 27 p.
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'Greater China' and global-regional-local dynamics in the post-Cold War era
Sum, N. 1996 In: Fragmented Asia. Aldershot : Avebury p. 53-74. 22 p.
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The NICs and competing strategies of East Asian regionalism
Sum, N. 1996 In: Regionalism and world order. London : Macmillan Press p. 207-246. 40 p.
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The ‘hegemonic’ force of Hillary Clinton's ‘united sisterhood’
Sum, N. 1996 In: New Political Economy. 1, 2, p. 278-282. 5 p.
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More than a "war of words": identity politics and the struggle for dominance during the recent "political reform" period in Hong Kong
Sum, N. 02/1995 In: Economy and Society. 24, 1, p. 68-99. 32 p.
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