Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism

Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism

by Philip G. Cerny
     
 

Rethinking World Politics is a major intervention into a central debate in international relations: how has globalization transformed world politics? Most work on world politics still presumes the following: in domestic affairs, individual states function as essentially unified entities, and in international affairs, stable nation-states interact with each

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Rethinking World Politics is a major intervention into a central debate in international relations: how has globalization transformed world politics? Most work on world politics still presumes the following: in domestic affairs, individual states function as essentially unified entities, and in international affairs, stable nation-states interact with each other. In this scholarship, the state lies at the center; it is what politics is all about. However, Philip Cerny contends that recent experience suggests another process at work: "transnational neopluralism." In the old version of pluralist theory, the state is less a cohesive and unified entity than a varyingly stable amalgam of competing and cross-cutting interest groups that surround and populate it. Cerny explains that contemporary world politics is subject to similar pressures from a wide variety of sub- and supra-national actors, many of which are organized transnationally rather than nationally. In recent years, the ability of transnational governance bodies, NGOs, and transnational firms to shape world politics has steadily grown. Importantly, the rapidly growing transnational linkages among groups and the emergence of increasingly influential, even powerful, cross-border interest and value groups is new. These processes are not replacing nation-states, but they are forging new transnational webs of power. States, he argues, are themselves increasingly trapped in these webs. After mapping out the dynamics behind contemporary world politics, Cerny closes by prognosticating where this might all lead. Sweeping in its scope, Rethinking World Politics is a landmark work of international relations theory that upends much of our received wisdom about how world politics works and offers us new ways to think about the forces shaping the contemporary world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199733705
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/24/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Identifying Change
1. Introduction: Why Transnational Neopluralism?
2. Globalization and Other Stories: The Search for a New Paradigm for International Relations
3. Space, Territory and Functional Differentiation: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Borders
4. Reconfiguring Power in a Globalizing World
Part II: Dynamics of Change
5. Multinodal Politics: A Framework for Analysis
6. Globalizing the Public Policy Process: From Iron Triangles to Flexible Pentagles
7. Embedding Neoliberalism: The Evolution of a Hegemonic Paradigm
8. The State in a Globalizing World: From Raison d'État to Raison du Monde
9. Institutional Bricolage and Global Governmentality: From Infrastructure to Superstructure
Part III: Implications of Change
10. Some Pitfalls of Democratization in a Globalizing World
11. The New Security Dilemma
12. Financial Globalization, Crisis, and the Reorganization of Global Capital
13. Rescaling the State and the Pluralization of Marxism
14. Conclusion: Globalization Is What Actors Make of It
Bibliography
Index

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