Rethinking World Politics A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism
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Rethinking World Politics is a major intervention into a central debate in international relations: how has globalization transformed world politics? Most work on world politics still presumes the following: in domestic affairs, individual states function as essentially unified entities, and in international affairs, stable nation-states interact with each other. In this scholarship, the state lies at the center; it is what politics is all about. However, Philip Cerny contends that recent experience suggests another process at work: "transnational neopluralism." In the old version of pluralist theory, the state is less a cohesive and unified entity than a varyingly stable amalgam of competing and cross-cutting interest groups that surround and populate it. Cerny explains that contemporary world politics is subject to similar pressures from a wide variety of sub- and supra-national actors, many of which are organized transnationally rather than nationally. In recent years, the ability of transnational governance bodies, NGOs, and transnational firms to shape world politics has steadily grown. Importantly, the rapidly growing transnational linkages among groups and the emergence of increasingly influential, even powerful, cross-border interest and value groups is new. These processes are not replacing nation-states, but they are forging new transnational webs of power. States, he argues, are themselves increasingly trapped in these webs. After mapping out the dynamics behind contemporary world politics, Cerny closes by prognosticating where this might all lead. Sweeping in its scope, Rethinking World Politics is a landmark work of international relations theory that upends much of our received wisdom about how world politics works and offers us new ways to think about the forces shaping the contemporary world.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/8/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: Why Transnational Neopluralism?|
|Globalization and Other Stories: The Search for a New Paradigm for International Relations|
|Space, Territory and Functional Differentiation: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Borders|
|Reconfiguring Power in a Globalizing World|
|Dynamics of Change|
|Multi-Nodal Politics: A Framework for Analysis|
|From Iron Triangles to Flexible Pentangles: The Global Policy Process|
|Embedding Neoliberalism: The Evolving Ideational Framework of the New World Politics|
|The State in a Globalizing World: From raison d'Etat to raison du monde|
|Institutional bricolage and Global Governmentality: From Infrastructure to Superstructure|
|Implications of Change|
|Some Pitfalls of Democratization in a Globalizing World|
|The New Security Dilemma|
|Financial Globalization, Crisis, and the Reorganization of Global Capital|
|Rescaling the State and the Pluralization of Marxism|
|Conclusion: Globalization is What Actors Make of It|