Globalization and Anti-Globalization

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Is globalization being eclipsed by a resurgent geopolitics? Does the war on terror denote the end of globalization or a new phase of militarized globalization? Empire or globalization - are these the right terms to describe the current global order?

The second edition of this highly successful book tests the claims of those who dismiss the continuing significance of globalization through a comprehensive assessment of contemporary global trends. In the aftermath of 9/11, and the ...

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Overview

Is globalization being eclipsed by a resurgent geopolitics? Does the war on terror denote the end of globalization or a new phase of militarized globalization? Empire or globalization - are these the right terms to describe the current global order?

The second edition of this highly successful book tests the claims of those who dismiss the continuing significance of globalization through a comprehensive assessment of contemporary global trends. In the aftermath of 9/11, and the war in Iraq, there has been much talk of the end of globalization. Held and McGrew argue that these post-mortems for globalization are entirely premature. They show this by focusing upon the primary structures of world order namely: patterns of governance, organized violence, the economy, culture and environmental degradation. Patterns of inequality, exclusion and domination are also assessed.

Building upon this analysis, the authors present the case for continuing to take globalization seriously as both a description and explanation of our current global condition. They also ask the vital question: can globalization be tamed? Held and McGrew explore whether a more just and stable world order is either desirable or feasible and present an alternative ethical and political agenda for the twenty-first century - a global covenant of cosmopolitan social democracy.

The second edition of this powerful and original book has been comprehensively updated, with three new chapters added. The book will appeal to all those who remain intrigued, confused or simply baffled by the controversy about globalization and its consequences for the twenty-first century world order.

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Editorial Reviews

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"For those of us who teach globalization to undergraduates, this is an excellent interpretation of current debates on the subject ... it will be widely adopted."

American Journal of Sociology

"Extremely successful as a short and concise summary of the globalization debate ... and is an ideal teaching resource."

Australian Journal of Political Science

"This is a brief and extremely useful book, helpful in particular for bringing some order into the chaos of the globalization debate; and helpful also in that it does not tell a one-sided story. For students of globalization, undergraduate or postgraduate, this little book should be an absolute must."

Environmental Politics

"Not only is the book a crafted account of the pros and cons of globalization, but it also sets out the store for what must be the great project of the twenty-first century – the development of progressive multilateralism."

Will Hutton, author of The State We're In and The World We're In

"Clear, concise and fast paced, this book is an absolute must read for anyone who wishes to understand or participate in the globalization debate. Held and McGrew not only identify the key issues at stake, but also provide us with real insights into the potential way forward."

Noreena Hertz, author of The Silent Takeover

"A lucid, balanced, and concise interpretation of contemporary debates about globalization"

Robert O. Keohane, Duke University

"Held and McGrew have made a valuable contribution to 'globalisation studies'."

Alastair Greig, Labour & Industry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745629896
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

David Held is Graham Wallace Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Anthony McGrew is Professor of International Relations at Southampton University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Making Sense of Globalization.

Chapter 2: The Reconfiguration of Political Power.

Chapter 3: The Fate of National Culture.

Chapter 4: A Global Economy.

Chapter 5: (Mis) Managing the World.

Chapter 6: Divided World, Divided Nations.

Chapter 7: World Orders, Ethical Foundations.

Chapter 8: The New Politics of Globalization.

Chapter 9: Reconstructing World Order: Towards Cosmopolitan Social Democracy.

References

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