Anti-globalization activism world-wide attests to the tensionsbetween globalization and civil society. To better understand thisfraught relationship, Dorval Brunelle compares two social ordersseparated by a half-century. The post-World War II order entailed abroad vision uniting three complementary objectives - security,justice, and welfare - which were entrusted to a network ofinternational and national institutions. In contrast, globalization,with wealth as its only objective, is undermining and overhauling thevalues and institutions of the previous order, including the UnitedNations and the welfare state.
From World Order to Global Disorder demonstrates theprofound effect of globalization on relations between the state, civilsociety, and markets, as well as on collective and individual rights.As neo-liberalism evolves into globalization, governments are eschewingtheir role as public guardians and are instead bartering the veryassets and resources their citizens' labour and activism createdand preserved. However, no constitution makes governments owners ofcollective assets: governments are merely trustees. In this context,the world's citizens have a tremendous task before them: in thewake of the welfare state, their social forums are indispensable in thequest for a more just and equitable world.
Dorval Brunelle is Professor of Sociology andDirector of the Observatoire des Ameriques at the Universite du Quebeca Montreal (UQAM). He has published extensively, focusing more recentlyon the social dimensions of globalization and market liberalization.Richard Howard has been translating books from theFrench, chiefly in the social sciences, for over three decades.
Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction 1 Building the Postwar Order 2 Welfare States and Social Rights 3 Internationalism versus Regionalism in the Cold War 4 Canada and the Cold War: The Shift to Regionalism 5 Canada-US Free Trade: From the Regional to the Global 6 Features of a Global Order 7 Consultation or Contention: Social Movements and Globalization Conclusion Notes; Bibliography; Index