Brett Neilson is Research Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. With Sandro Mezzadra, he is author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (Duke University Press, 2013) and The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (Duke University Press, forthcoming). He has received funding from the Australian Research Council to conduct the projects ‘Logistics as Global Governance: Labour, Software and Infrastructure along the New Silk Road’ (2012-2014) and ‘Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory’ (2016-2019).
Belt and Road: State transformation and large technical systems
In China and beyond, BRI mobilises diverse agents to participate in trans-boundary and networked governance arrangements, indirectly seeding state transformation in other…