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Power in a Complex Global System

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Can twenty-first century global challenges be met through the limited adaptation of existing political institutions and prevailing systemic norms, or is a more fundamental reconstitution of governing authority unavoidable? Are the stresses evident in domestic social compacts capable of undermining the fundamental policy capacity of contemporary governments? This book, inspired by the work of the distinguished scholar Peter J. Katzenstein, examines these important and pressing ...

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Political Authority and Policy Capacity in the Global System

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Overview

Can twenty-first century global challenges be met through the limited adaptation of existing political institutions and prevailing systemic norms, or is a more fundamental reconstitution of governing authority unavoidable? Are the stresses evident in domestic social compacts capable of undermining the fundamental policy capacity of contemporary governments? This book, inspired by the work of the distinguished scholar Peter J. Katzenstein, examines these important and pressing questions.

In a period of complex political transition, the authors combine original research and intensive dialogue to build on Katzenstein’s innovative insights. They highlight his seminal work on variations in domestic structures, on the role of ideologies of social partnership, on the regionally differentiated foundations of political legitimation, on diverse conceptions of "civilization," and on the idea and practice of power in a tenuous American imperium. Together, the chapters map the complex terrain upon which legitimate political authority and effective policy capacity will have to be reconstituted to address twenty-first-century global, regional and state-level challenges.

The book will be of great interest to students and scholars in international organization, global governance, foreign policy analysis, and comparative politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415738798
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/19/2014
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis W. Pauly is Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and has held the Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance since 2002. As Director of the Centre for International Studies from 2007–2011, he helped build what is now the Munk School of Global Affairs, where he remains a member of the faculty. Recent books include Global Ordering: Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World, edited with William D. Coleman (2009) and Complex Sovereignty, edited with Edgar Grande (2007).

Bruce W. Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He has served in foreign policy positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Recent books include The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, with Steven Weber (2010) and American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5th edition, 2013).

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Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. Political Authority, Policy Capacity, and Twenty-first-century Governance, Bruce W. Jentleson and Louis W. Pauly, State Authority and Capacity in Turbulent Times, 2. Management versus Democracy: Political Legitimacy and (the Management of) European Economic and Social Problems, Herman Schwartz, 3. Stieg Larsson and the New Globalism: Lessons for the Structure(s) of Authority in IR, Christine Ingebritsen, 4. Varieties of Financial Capitalism, Crisis, and Adjustment: Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose, Jana Grittersová, 6. Guns, Butter, and More Guns: Japanese Security through March 11th , H. Richard Friman, Derek Hall, David Leheny, 7. Autocratic Diffusion and the Pluralization of Democracy, Paul D’Anieri 8. Constructing a New Culture of Security, Re-constituting Public Power in Post-Communist Europe 9. Alexandra Gheciu Systemic Power and the American Imperium 9. Crises of Authority: Domestic Structures and the Changing American Imperium, David A. Lake 10. Disjoining Partners: Europe and the American Imperium, Rawi Abdelal and Ulrich Krotz, 11. Beyond Hegemony: Norms and Alliances in Europe and Asia, Stephanie C. Hofmann and Andrew Yeo, 12. Are the Leaders and the Followers? The Rise of China and East Asian Regionalism(s), Il Hyun Cho and Seo-Hyun Park, 13. Saving Face, Looking Good, and Building International Reputation in East and West, Jennifer L. Erickson, 14. Small States in Humanitarian Norm Making, Margarita H. Petrova, Epilogue 15. Power 1-4, or The Emperor’s New Clothes, Peter J. Katzenstein

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