Globalization And Sovereignty

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Overview

This provocative and important text offers a new way of thinking about sovereignty, both past and present. Distinguished geographer John Agnew boldly challenges the widely popular story that state sovereignty is in worldwide eclipse in the face of the overwhelming processes of globalization. In challenging this perception, Agnew first traces the ways in which it has become commonplace. He then develops a new way of thinking about the geography of effective sovereignty and the various geographical forms in which sovereignty actually operates in the world, offering an exciting intellectual framework that breaks with the either/or thinking of state sovereignty versus globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

La Vie Des Idées
Agnew does not give himself to overstatement but proceeds systematically in both synthesizing key elements of the massive bibliography on the two subjects adjoined in his title and launching new paths in the debates on sovereignty and territory in the current phase of globalization. Agnew has emerged as one of the most lucid voices in political geography, globalization, and the reconfiguration of political space in our twenty-first century. By driving home his essential argument that globalization does not mean the end of states, space, or sovereignty but rather a continuity in the overlapping of multiple sovereign spaces, he provides yet another reasoned voice in what appears at times a millenarist frenzy in global studies.
November 2009 CHOICE
A persuasive critique of wide-ranging literature on the subject that stands alone for its scholarly sweep and theoretical originality.
Spring 2010 Political Science Quarterly
The prominent geographer John Agnew in his new book addresses the old and persistent theme of states versus markets by arguing that state sovereignty has become more complicated rather then being eroded by globalization. . . . This book offers some useful and interesting thoughts about globalization processes.
Stuart Elden
Exposing the 'myths' that have obscured discussions of states and the relations between them, Agnew is able to offer a fundamental challenge to some of the more problematic diagnoses of the current global condition. Through a historical and political interrogation of the limits of political power, Globalization and Sovereignty provides a powerful account of just what is, and what is not, novel about the age we live in.
Oxford Bibliographies
This book provides useful, broader context for thinking about how varying regimes of globalization, sovereignty, and state control manifest though divergent bordering policies and practices. It is a very readable and accessible work that helps bridge the theoretical and methodological approaches of political geography and international relations.
CHOICE
A persuasive critique of wide-ranging literature on the subject that stands alone for its scholarly sweep and theoretical originality.
Political Science Quarterly
The prominent geographer John Agnew in his new book addresses the old and persistent theme of states versus markets by arguing that state sovereignty has become more complicated rather then being eroded by globalization. . . . This book offers some useful and interesting thoughts about globalization processes.
La Vie des Idées
Agnew does not give himself to overstatement but proceeds systematically in both synthesizing key elements of the massive bibliography on the two subjects adjoined in his title and launching new paths in the debates on sovereignty and territory in the current phase of globalization. Agnew has emerged as one of the most lucid voices in political geography, globalization, and the reconfiguration of political space in our twenty-first century. By driving home his essential argument that globalization does not mean the end of states, space, or sovereignty but rather a continuity in the overlapping of multiple sovereign spaces, he provides yet another reasoned voice in what appears at times a millenarist frenzy in global studies.
Journal Of International and Global Studies
In his book, Globalization and Sovereignty, John Agnew counters [the] notion of the end of geography and proclaims geography's continued significance. . . . Agnew's book most definitely thoroughly and thoughtfully exposes the highly problematic and fairly popular simplistic categorizations of the effect of globalization on state sovereignty.
La Vie Des Idees
Agnew does not give himself to overstatement but proceeds systematically in both synthesizing key elements of the massive bibliography on the two subjects adjoined in his title and launching new paths in the debates on sovereignty and territory in the current phase of globalization. Agnew has emerged as one of the most lucid voices in political geography, globalization, and the reconfiguration of political space in our twenty-first century. By driving home his essential argument that globalization does not mean the end of states, space, or sovereignty but rather a continuity in the overlapping of multiple sovereign spaces, he provides yet another reasoned voice in what appears at times a millenarist frenzy in global studies.
Alexander B. Murphy
In this wide-ranging, erudite book, one of America’s leading geographers has made a signal contribution to the study of sovereignty. . . . An absolute must read for anyone interested in international relations, comparative politics, or political geography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556775
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Globalization Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Agnew is professor of geography at UCLA and past-president of the Association of American Geographers.
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Table of Contents

1 Globalization and State Sovereignty 1

2 Sovereignty Myths and Territorial States 47

3 Sovereignty Regimes 97

4 Sovereignty Regimes at Work 143

5 Conclusion 205

Index 219

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