Losing Control?: Sovereignty in the Age of Globalization / Edition 1

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Overview

What determines the flow of labor and capital in this new global information economy? Who has the capacity to coordinate this new system, to create a measure of order? And what happens to territoriality and sovereignty, two fundamental principles of the modern state? Losing Control? is a major addition to our understanding of these questions. Examining the rise of private transnational legal codes and supranational institutions such as the World Trade Organization and universal human rights covenants, Saskia Sassen argues that sovereignty remains an important feature of the international system, but that it is no longer confined to the nation-state. Sassen argues that a profound transformation is taking place, a partial denationalizing of national territory seen in such agreements as NAFTA and the European Union. Two arenas stand out in the new spatial and economic order: the global capital market and the series of codes and institutions that have mushroomed into an international human rights regime. As Sassen shows, these two quasi-legal realms now have the power and legitimacy to demand accountability from national governments, with the ironic twist that both depend upon the state to enforce their goals.
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Editorial Reviews

Urban Studies
The smallness of this volume . . . belies the importance of the ideas developed and the erudition with which they are presented.
World Affairs
Sassen is particularly concerned with the transformation wrought by globalization on the national state and its basic attributes: sovereignty, exclusive territoriality, and citizenship. She does a fine job of outlining the positive and negative aspects of this process.
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Sassen argues that a partial denationalizing of national territory is taking place<-->seen in such agreements as NAFTA and the European Union. Two arenas stand out in the new spatial and economic order: the global capital market and the series of codes and institutions that have mushroomed into an international human rights regime. Sassen shows that these realms now have the power and legitimacy to demand accountability from the national governments that they depend upon to enforce their goals. 5x7.25<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
World Affairs

Sassen is particularly concerned with the transformation wrought by globalization on the national state and its basic attributes: sovereignty, exclusive territoriality, and citizenship. She does a fine job of outlining the positive and negative aspects of this process.

Choice

...Sassen writes with a clarity that sacrifices none of the complexity of the issues she addresses...strongly recommended...

Urban Studies

The smallness of this volume - the product of three public lectures given by the author in Columbia University - belies the importance of the ideas developed and the erudition with which they are presented.

Choice

...Sassen writes with a clarity that sacrifices none of the complexity of the issues she addresses...strongly recommended...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231106085
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/1996
  • Series: Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,099,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Saskia Sassen is professor of urban planning at Columbia University and also serves on the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs. Among her books are The Mobility of Labor and Capital and The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. She has received many awards and fellowships and is on the editorial board of the new journal Competition and Change.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The State and the New Geography of Power2. On Economic Citizenship3. Immigration Tests the New OrderNotesBibliographyIndex

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