Politics and Globalisation: Knowledge, Ethics and Agency

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Overview

Globalisation is widely understood as a set of processes driven by technological, economic and cultural change. Few have successfully defined the changing character and role of politics in global change. Political institutions such as the nation-state have been seen as undermined by globalisation, or needing to respond to it. This book clarifies the tensions which global change has provoked in our understanding of politics. Politics and Globalisation suggests that globalisation is a process which is politically contested and even politically constituted. The volume presents five key intellectual and political contests in globalisation:
· the extent and political significance of globalising changes in economy and society · how and how far the relations and forms of nation-state organisation are transformed
· whether the given concepts and methods of political science as a discipline can be applied to global and regional politics, and whether they require radical reformulation;
· the role and significance of ethical questions in global change
· whether global change is constituted by, or denies, radical political agency

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Globalisation: prospects for a paradigm shift 9
2 How novel is globalisation? 23
3 The national economy in the contemporary global system 37
4 Globalisation, regional integration and the state 55
5 Social movements and the challenge to power 73
6 Comparison, cleavages and cycles: politics and the European Union 89
7 A political science response to a global politics agenda 99
8 Anti-politics and civil society in Central Europe 113
9 Global ethics and the implications of globalisation 127
10 Globalising liberalism? Morality and legitimacy in a liberal global order 143
11 Globality as a revolutionary transformation 159
12 Towards a political economy of agency in contemporary international relations 174
Bibliography 202
Index 226
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