Globalization/Anti-Globalization / Edition 2

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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 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

From the Publisher
Acclaim for the first edition:

"This is an excellent interpretation of current debates on thesubject ... it will be widely adopted."

American Journal of Sociology

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

Australian Journal of Political Science

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

Environmental Politics

Acclaim for the second edition:

"This book provides a masterly and comprehensive survey of thepolitical and intellectual debates over globalization that haveraged for the past two decades. It is indispensable reading foranyone interested in finding out what these debates have been aboutand why they matter."

Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge

"Globalization/Anti-Globalization is the best availableaccount of the complexities of globalization. The authors statefairly a variety of points of view, present a vast amount ofup-to-date evidence, and make a clear argument of their own ...highly recommended for university courses and for the generalreader."

Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

"Held and McGrew's second edition ofGlobalization/Anti-Globalization is a thoroughgoing revisionof an already outstanding book. Held and McGrew do more than surveythe field: they discuss how we might respond to globalization andhow we could construct an effective politics to lessen its majornegative consequences whilst improving the lives of the vast bulkof the world's population. This is a stunningly impressive book– a must-have reference work on the central debates withinthe globalization literature."

Steve Smith, University of Exeter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745639116
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Scienceat the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anthony McGrew is Professor of International Relations atthe University of Southampton.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1 The Demise of Globalization? : Current Controversies
  • Part One – The Globalization Controversy
  • 2 The Reconfiguration of Political Power?
  • 3 The Fate of National Culture
  • 4 Global Insecurities: Military Threats and EnvironmentalCatastrophe
  • 5 A New World Economic Order—: Global Markets and StatePower
  • 6 The Great Divergence? Global Inequality and Development
  • 7 (Mis)Managing the World?
  • Part Two – Remaking Globalization
  • 8 Beyond Globalization / Antiglobalization
  • 9 World Orders, Ethical Foundations
  • 10 The Contentious Politics of Globalization: MappingIdeals
  • and Theories
  • 11 Reconstructing World Order: Towards Cosmopolitan
  • Social Democracy
  • 12 Testing Cosmopolitan Social Democracy; the challenge of 9/11and global economic governance
  • References
  • Index
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