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Debating Cosmopolitics

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Cosmopolitics, the concept of a world politics based on shared democratic values, is in an increasingly fragile state. While Western democracies insist ever more vehemently upon a maintenance of their privileges—freedom of speech, security, wealth—an increasing number of the world’s inhabitants are under threat of poverty, famine and war.

What is needed, the writers suggest, is a deliberate decision to extend the principles and values of democracy to the sphere of international ...

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Overview

Cosmopolitics, the concept of a world politics based on shared democratic values, is in an increasingly fragile state. While Western democracies insist ever more vehemently upon a maintenance of their privileges—freedom of speech, security, wealth—an increasing number of the world’s inhabitants are under threat of poverty, famine and war.

What is needed, the writers suggest, is a deliberate decision to extend the principles and values of democracy to the sphere of international relations. Recent experience does not bode well, but their arguments, which range from reform of the United Nations, reduction of military weapons, additional power for international judiciary institutions and an increase in aid to developing countries, urge new and inspired action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859844373
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/17/2003
  • Series: New Left Review Debates Series
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniele Archibugi is a director at the Italian National Research Council. He is the author of, among other works, Cosmopolitan Democracy: An Agenda for a New World Order and Global Democracy, a special issue of Peace Review.

Robin Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK. He is the author of many books, including The Making of New World Slavery, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, Age Shock, Banking on Death, and The American Crucible.

Timothy Brennan is professor of comparative literature, cultural studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. His books include At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now and, most recently, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of the Left and Right. He writes for a number of journals, including New Left Review and The Nation.

Richard Falk was Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University and since 2002 is Visiting Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Peter Gowan (1946–2009) taught international relations for many years at London Metropolitan University. He was the author of The Global Gamble and A Calculus of Power, co-editor of The Question of Europe, cofounder of the journal Labour Focus on Eastern Europe, and a longstanding member of the editorial board of New Left Review—who published an interview with Peter Gowan along with an obituary in Sept–Oct 2009.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Cosmopolitical Democracy 1
2 Running the World through Windows 16
3 'International Justice' 27
4 Cosmopolitanism and Internationalism 40
5 The New Liberal Cosmopolitanism 51
6 Can Cosmopolitical Democracy Be Democratic? 67
7 The Class Consciousness of Frequent Travellers: Towards a Critique of Actually Existing Cosmopolitanism 86
8 The Influence of the Global Order on the Prospects for Genuine Democracy in Developing Countries 117
9 The Imperial Presidency and the Revolutions of Modernity 141
10 Violence, Law and Justice in a Global Age 184
11 The Deeper Challenges of Global Terrorism: A Democratizing Response 203
12 Democracy vs. Globalization. The Growth of Parallel Summits and Global Movements 232
13 Demos and Cosmopolis 257
14 Globalization, Democracy and Cosmopolis: A Bibliographical Essay 273
Notes on Contributors 293
Acknowledgements 298
Index 299
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