Future States: From International to Global Political Order
By: Stephen Paul Haigh (author)Hardback
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Globalization consists of an interlocking array of political, economic, social, and cultural forces that challenge the traditional international order in two key ways. First, states historically had 'hard shells', by means of which they were capable of consolidating differences between 'inside' and 'outside' to the point where the latter could more easily be quarantined. Second, for closely-related reasons they were largely able to 'absorb' domestic society, such that the individual was less a citizen than a subject. But through globalizing processes these (dubious) attributes have been starkly exposed, which leads Haigh to ask, Whither the state under globalization? Insightful and well-written, this book is sure to spark lively debate while attempting to answer its central question.
Stephen Paul Haigh received a Master's degree in Political Theory from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Otago in New Zealand. In between, he worked as a policy analyst for the Government of Canada, culminating in international policy development on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD). He is currently living with his wife and children in Brisbane, Australia, where he has a small consulting business that addresses issues related to those in this book and where he lectures part-time on IR at the University of Queensland.
Contents: Preface; Part I Globalization and the Rise of States: Approaching the problem; A globalizing world; The rise of the state. Part II Changing Aspects of Sovereign Statehood: The transformation of authority and territoriality; Legitimacy I - justifying the state; Legitimacy II - changing states: norms and global pressure. Part III Delivering the Goods - the Neo-Medieval, Embedded Cosmopolitan State: Two goods - security and prosperity; The (greatest?) good I - identity in a neo-medieval order; The (greatest?) good II - identity and embedded cosmopolitan states; Putting it all together: neo-medieval embedded-cosmopolitan states; Sources; Index.
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