Globalization and Politics brings together vision and imaginative insight to the analysis of the evolution of inter-state politics to produce a clear, comprehensive and coherent sense of how globalization works and how it might work better. The study looks upon globalization as a distinct set of phenomena - energy, economy, environment and politics - all of which interact. Presenting opportunities for interdependency and governance, globalization offers both dangers and promises which explains why it is equally feared and praised. Globalization is an economic trend with strong spillovers and as such has become a political trend with cultural implications. This volume is an invaluable, highly readable new text for graduate and undergraduate courses. It sets out the key challenges for globalization in the 21st century and looks at the challenges, responses and risks of globalization. It is required reading for analysts, students and professionals who want to understand what's at stake in the globalization debate.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: globalization: promises and dangers. Part I Challenges : The optimistic and pessimistic view on global energy; Environmental degradation and environmentalism; Implementing human rights and global rule of law; Diversity of Civilisations. Part II Responses: Coordination of the global market economy; Protecting the global environment; Coordination among states; from sovereignty to reciprocity; Power in international organization; The regionalization of government: a comparison of regional groups of states; Mankind and the world community: relevance of universalism. Part III Could mankind extinguish itself?; A Hollywood planet: a neo-Veblen world?; Bibliography; Index.