Deliberative Global Politics: Discourse and Democracy in a Divided World

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Contending discourses underlie many of the worlds most intractable conflicts, producing misery and violence. This is especially true in the post-9/11 world. However, contending discourses can also open the way to greater dialogue in global civil society and across states and international organizations. This possibility holds even for the most murderous sorts of conflicts in deeply divided societies.

In this timely and original book, John Dryzek examines major contemporary ...

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Overview

Contending discourses underlie many of the worlds most intractable conflicts, producing misery and violence. This is especially true in the post-9/11 world. However, contending discourses can also open the way to greater dialogue in global civil society and across states and international organizations. This possibility holds even for the most murderous sorts of conflicts in deeply divided societies.

In this timely and original book, John Dryzek examines major contemporary conflicts in terms of clashing discourses. Topics covered include the alleged clash of civilizations; societies divided by ethnicity, nationality, or religion; economic globalization versus resistance; plus an in-depth discussion of the 'war on terror'. Dryzek concludes by highlighting the limitations of current neoconservative and cosmopolitan approaches, arguing that only deliberative global politics offers unprecedented new possibilities for democratic engagement in the international system.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

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"An innovative book, as it applies the theory of deliberativedemocracy and the language of discourses to the level of globalpolitics in an original way. It is of interest not only to scholarsof deliberative democracy, but also to scholars of internationalpolitical theory, since it offers a strong critique of thecosmopolitan model."
Zsuzsanna Chappell, Political Studies Review

"World public opinion is waking up. The power that rests in thehands of ever more restricted circles is becoming increasinglycontested. John Dryzek provides brilliant arguments that willenable global civil society to oppose the dominant ideology andtake control over our future."
—Daniele Archibugi, Italian National Research Council;University of London

"Deliberative Global Politics is a major statement in thedebates about democracy beyond the state. This accessible andtheoretically sophisticated book offers a theory of discursivecontestation in international public spheres as a means to achievedemocracy in a world that can no longer be governed on a top-downbasis."
—James Bohman, Saint Louis University

"In this thought-provoking little book, John Dryzek presents anew way of thinking about world affairs, one in which an'engagement across discourses' can lead to deliberative democracyon a global scale ... all readers of this book will come awayrecognizing a range of new questions that call for rigorous andsustained consideration."
—Oran R. Young, University of California SantaBarbara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745634128
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/2006
  • Series: Key Concepts Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Dryzek is Professor in Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1 Welcome to a Divided World.

2 From the Clash of Civilizations to the Engagement ofDiscourses.

3 Deliberation in Divided Societies.

4 Discourses of Error in the War on Terror.

5 Contesting Globalization.

6 Reflexivity and Resistance

7 Governing Discourses: The Limits of LiberalMultilateralism.

8 Three Kinds of Democracy.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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