The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State

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Globalization has become so familiar that it's the target even of street demonstrations from Seattle to Genoa. It challenges traditional social structures, as international systems (such as the European Union, the WTO or the global capital markets) become more powerful than states and governments. This book recalls the traditional social structures to study and develop ways to meet the current urgent global challenges.

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'… this is a profoundly thought-provoking work. The scope of this book is immense and panoptic … all of what is written is engaging … this is an enjoyable and thought-provoking book. Allott's work has always broken the mould of international legal scholarship in this country, and this book is no exception. The application of his general philosophy to more concrete legal issues is very welcome and will permit the dissemination of his ideas to a wider audience. Even if they disagree with Allott's philosophy, professional and academic international lawyers, as well as students of international law, should read this book and seriously reconsider both the current state of their discipline and how they can move it forward. They will find that it has much to offer them.' Public Law
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521816557
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2002
  • Pages: 452
  • Lexile: 1750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Society and Law: 1. The will to know and the will to power: theory and moral responsibility; 2. The phenomenon of law; 3. Globalization from above: actualizing the ideal through law; 4. The nation as mind politic: the making of the public mind; 5. New enlightenment: the public mind of all-humanity; Part II. European Society and its Law: 6. European governance and the re-branding of democracy; 7. The crisis of European constitutionalism: reflections on a half-revolution; 8. The concept of European Union: imagining the unimagined; 9. The conversation that we are: the seven lamps of European unity; Part III. International Society and its Law: 10. The concept of international law; 11. International law and the idea of history; 12. Intergovernmental societies and the idea of constitutionalism; 13. International law and the international Hofmafia: towards a sociology of diplomacy; 14. International law and international revolution: re-conceiving the world; Index.

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