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Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics

Regulation for the Rest of Us?, 1st Edition

By Ronnie Lipschutz, James K. Rowe


254 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Globalization is moving fast, impacting on the life of all nations with accelerating force. In this new study Ronnie Lipschutz shows how it is being handled by specific groups seeking positive outcomes for the people and causes they represent.

Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics details how the widespread failure of states and corporations to regulate the impact of increased globalization has given rise to non-governmental organizations and movements, aiming to influence corporations regarding social responsibilities and address key issues such as human rights, environmental destruction, unhealthy working conditions and child labour.

Assessing the effectiveness of these efforts, it examines both the new movements and the issues they are tackling. With three key case studies on the clothing industry, sustainable forestry and corporate social responsibility, it explores the tensions between politics and management, examining the theoretical implications of regulation for politics, citizenship and the state. Finally, it takes a fresh look at what is to be done, calling for a return to politics centred on the direct participation of the individual in the social choices that affect quality of life, working conditions and the global future.


'Lipschutz … effectively deploys three very useful case studies to support his theoretical argument. Consequently, he has written an important contribution to an emerging debate in political economy, which deserves to be read widely.' - International Affairs

Table of Contents

1. Between Governmentality and Global Politics 2. Globalization, Externalities, and Regulation 3. Creating a Stark Utopia? Self-Regulating Markets and the Disappearance of Politics 4. Doing Well by Doing It? Social Regulation and the Transnational 5. Paper or Plastic? The Privatization of Global Forestry Regulation 6. Corporate Social Responsibility as Business Strategy 7. Morals, Markets, and Members: Privatizing Human Rights in the Name 8. Bringing Politics Back In

About the Authors

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Associate Director of the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also Chair of the Politics Ph.D. program at UCSC. His most recent books include Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives and Practice (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004), After Authority-War, Peace and Global Politics in the 21st Century (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000) and Cold War Fantasies-Film, Fiction and Foreign Policy (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). He is co-authoring an IR ^D<"ani-text^D>" with Mary Ann Tetreault, Global Politics Because People Matter, which Rowman and Littlefield will publish in 2005. He is also the author of When Nations Clash: Raw Materials, Ideology and Foreign Policy (New York: Ballinger/Harper and Row, 1989) and Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Governance (Albany: SUNY Press), editor of On Security (New York: Columbia, 1995), and co-author or co-editor of several other books.

James K. Rowe is a Ph.D. Candidate in Politics at UC-Santa Cruz. He does research on social movements and the global politics of corporate social responsibility.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions