1st Edition

Global Trends and Regional Development

Edited By Nikolai Genov Copyright 2012
    348 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    For millennia, contact between societies was limited to trade or wars, a situation that changed profoundly with the development of global markets serving industrialization. The outcome was the emergence of one global human civilization, and one common future that will depend on the capacity of individuals and societies to manage the potentials for social development.

    This edited collection is dedicated to the discussion of four global trends: upgrading the rationality of organizations, individualization, the spreading of instrumental activism and universalization of value-normative systems. The mutual influence of these interrelated trends brings about both constructive and destructive effects in social life, social integration and change.

    Contributors examine questions such as: How do global trends pave their way in regions? What are the similarities and differences of regional development? How do agencies cope with the challenges of global trends in regional development?

    1. Introduction: The Challenge of Four Global Trends  Nikolai Genov  Part I: Upgrading the Rationality of Organizations  2. Values and Interests in Processes of Macro-Regional Integration  Max Haller  3. The European Union and NAFTA as Models of Regional Organization  Jan-Erik Lane  4. Contradictions in European Integration: A Global Perspective  Chris Rumford and Didem Buhari-Gulmez  5. Regional Integration in East Asia as a Reaction to Global Challenges  Patrick Ziltener  Part II: Individualization  6. Elitist Distinction and Globalization  Jean-Pascal Daloz  7. European Elites' Threat Perception and Preferences Concerning Crisis Management  György Lengyel  8. Individualization under Precarious Conditions  Elena Danilova  9. Globalization and the Transformation of Gender-Relations in Asia  Habibul Haque Khondker  Part III: Spreading of Instrumental Activism  10. Regional Varieties of Global Inequalities: Reclaiming Space for Public Policies  Klaus Müller  11. Changing Market Conditions and the Welfare State  Martin Seeleib-Kaiser  12. Globalization and Increasing Inequality in East Asia: The Case of Japan and South Korea  Jin-Wook Shin  13. Social Fields of Technological Innovation  Borut Rončević and Dolores Modic  Part IV: Universalization of Value-Normative Systems  14. Universalism, Particularism and Moral Change: Reflections on the Value-Normative Concepts of the Social Sciences  Stephen P. Turner  15. New Forms of Reflexive Ethnization: Value-Normative Universalism and Ethnic Particularisms  Mathias Bös  16. Universal Values and Geopolitical Interests: China and India in the Global Competition  Emilian Kavalski  17. Neo-Liberalism and Civil Society: Sweden and United States in Comparison  Sven Eliaeson  18. Conclusion: Striking the Balance and Looking Forward  Nikolai Genov


    Nikolai Genov is Professor in the Institute of Sociology/Institute of Eastern European Studies at Free University Berlin.