Global Politics: Globalization and the Nation-State

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This innovative new text is derived from a highly successful Open University course of the same title. It takes as a dominant theme the contested issue of 'globalization' (the apparent intensification of global patterns of inter-dependence) and its implications for the autonomy of the modern nation-state.

Following a conceptual introduction, which critically examines the theoretical debates framing the study of world politics, the work is structured around four key processes of ...

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Overview

This innovative new text is derived from a highly successful Open University course of the same title. It takes as a dominant theme the contested issue of 'globalization' (the apparent intensification of global patterns of inter-dependence) and its implications for the autonomy of the modern nation-state.

Following a conceptual introduction, which critically examines the theoretical debates framing the study of world politics, the work is structured around four key processes of globalization which the authors identify as being the central determinants of contemporary global politics. These key processes are: the global impact of great power relations; the globalizing tendencies of technological innovation; the existence of a global economy; and the globalizing force of modernity.

Reflecting this structure the text is organized into four discrete sections. Each section explores, both theoretically and empirically, one of the four processes of globalization. Throughout, particular attention is paid both to a critical evaluation of these globalizing processes as well as to their consequences for the sovereignty and autonomy of the modern nation-state. Moreover, the authors combine a lucid treatment of theoretical debates with topical case-study material to produce a text which is extremely accessible to undergraduate students studying international relations and politics and to those readers with little prior knowledge of world affairs.

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'Consistently well-written and accessible, as well as beingsophisticated ... highly recommended for undergraduate students, MAteachers, and interested lay readers.' InternationalAffairs

‘This is an excellent volume. The authors have gone toconsiderable length to impose a clear structure on a mostwide-ranging and complex set of materials. The result is one of themost innovative and useful volumes published on global politics inrecent years. It is a judicious mix of empirical coverage andtheoretical sophistication, making it a truly well-integratedtextbook. It will be widely appreciated by all those who teach andstudy international relations. – Steve Smith, Professor ofInternational Relations, University of East Anglia

‘… highly recommended for students and teachers, andalso for interested lay readers.’ – PoliticalStudies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745607566
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/4/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony G. McGrew and Paul G. Lewis are Senior Lecturers in Goverment at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

List of Contributors.

1. Conceptualizing Global Politics: Anthony G. McGrew.

Part I: Superpower Rivalry and Global PoliticalCompetition.

2. Superpower Rivalry and the End of the 'Cold War': Paul G.Lewis.

3. The Superpowers and Regional Conflict: David Potter.

4. Superpower Rivalry and US Hegemony in Central America:Anthony G. McGrew.

Part II: Technology and Global Integration.

5. Military Technology and the Dynamics of GlobalMilitarization: Anthony G. McGrew.

6. Regimes and the Global Commons: John Vogler.

7. Global Technologies and Political Change in Eastern Europe:Nigel Swain.

Part III: A Global Economy?.

8. The International Economic Order between the Wars: RichardBessel.

9. The Nature and Government of the Global Economy: JeremyMitchell.

10. Economic Autonomy and the Advanced Industrial State: GrahameThompson.

11. The Autonomy of 'Third World' states within the GlobalEconomy: David Potter.

12. Conceptualizing the Global Economy: Roger Tooze.

Part IV: Modernity, Globalization and theNation-State.

13. Modernization, Globalization and the Nation-State: MichaelSmith.

14. Modernity and Universal Human Rights: John Vincent.

15. Islam as a Global Political Force: Brian Beeley.

16. Global Politics in a Transitional Era: Anthony G.McGrew.

Index.

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