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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.
Philip G. Cerny is Professor of Global Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., and Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He studied at Kenyon College (Ohio) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris), and received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 1976. He has taught at the Universities of York, Leeds and Manchester in the U.K., and has been a visiting scholar or professor at Harvard University, the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Paris), Dartmouth College, New York University, the Brookings Institution, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne). He is a former chair of the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association and has been a member of the executive committees of the British International Studies Association and the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom. He has written extensively on political theories of the state and globalization.
Table of Contents
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
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