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Local Politics, Global Impacts

Steps to a Multi-disciplinary Analysis of Scales, 1st Edition

Edited by Olivier Charnoz, Virginie Diaz Pedregal


296 pages

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Serving as a touchstone for a much-needed research program on social scales, this volume challenges disciplinary boundaries and brings into focus a paradoxical state of affairs in contemporary thought: the domain of local-global interactions has not yet been identified as an object of analysis in its own right, despite engaging a large, multi-disciplinary research community with strong potential for cross-fertilization. Bringing together internationally renowned as well as emerging scholars, this book presents concrete case studies framed by theoretical concern with the issue of scale. It demonstrates that a diverse array of theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives can productively converge on a common set of problems related to social, temporal and spatial scales and contemporary globalization. Local Politics, Global Impacts will stimulate empirical and theoretical research that focuses on understanding how political concepts, practices, and instruments translate across scales, and contribute to the emergence of a self-aware community of scholars and practitioners focusing explicitly on modelling the dynamics of local-regional-global interactions.


’Finally a contribution to global governance that takes the study of power relations all the way down to the local level! Understanding the recursive impact of global and local dynamics is crucial for development practice and a feature of all of the most pressing issues in current times.’ Cornelia Woll, Sciences Po Paris, France ’The two-way interaction between global politics and local politics is an essential but under-explored question in several academic disciplines. This volume breaks new ground by combining sophisticated theoretical perspectives on the scale problem in global governance with a series of empirically rich and thought-provoking case studies. The collection should become an important point of reference for the next generation of studies on political processes spanning spatial scales.’ Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Olivier Charnoz, Virginie Diaz Pedregal and Alan L. Kolata. Part I Epistemology: Fractal social facts: a Durkheimian model for a globalized era, Jacques Plouin; The scale issue in global international environment governance: for a transdisciplinary perspective, François Lerin. Part II From Local to Global Dynamics: Corruption, scale and governance in India, Arjun Appadurai; Drugs, local politics and the subversion of global counter-narcotics ideology in Burma’s eastern borderlands, 1988-2012, Patrick Meehan; The political economy of China’s urban expansion and its climate cost: insights from Nanjing, Jie Yu and Olivier Charnoz; Scalar effects in transnational networks: the Arab Spring and the global response, Nikolaos Zahariadis and Akis Kalaitzidis. Part III From Global to Local Dynamics: The local power effects of global discourses: a methodological enquiry into ‘community participation’, Olivier Charnoz; A containment tool in changing hands: the global discourse on participation in Latin America, Olivier Charnoz; The effects of donors’ ownership and participatory policy ideas on local power structures: a case study of informal settlements in Nairobi, Andrea Rigon; Ownership and participatory processes: from global motto to local challenges. The case of a key poverty reduction program in ethnic minority areas of Vietnam, Christian Culas, Mireille Razafindrakoto and François Roubaud; Globalization and domestic politics: a call for theoretical reorientation, Lloyd Gruber. Index.

About the Editors

Olivier Charnoz is a Political Scientist and international consultant in development and global governance issues. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Virginie Diaz Pedregal is a research fellow in political sociology, at the AFD Research Department (French Development Agency) in Paris. Alan Kolata is the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

About the Series

Global Governance

Global Governance

Global Governance

Series Editor: John J. Kirton, University of Toronto, Canada

Global governance is growing rapidly to meet the compounding challenges of a globalized 21st-century world. Many issues once dealt with largely at the local, national or regional level are now going global, in the economic, social and political-security domains. In response, new and renewed intergovernmental institutions are arising and adapting, multilevel governance is expanding, and sub-national actors are playing a greater role, and create complex combinations and private-partnerships to this end.

This series focuses on the new dynamics of global governance in the 21st century by:

  • Addressing the changes in the structure, operation and impact of individual intergovernmental institutions, above all their innovative responses to the growing global challenges they confront.
  • Exploring how they affect, are affected by and relate to non-state actors of global relevance and reach.
  • Examining the processes of cooperation, competition and convergence among international institutions and the many global governance gaps where global challenges such as terrorism, transnational crime and energy do not confront powerful international institutions devoted to their control.
  • Dealing with how global institutions govern the links among key issues such as climate change and health.

In all cases, it focuses on the central questions of how global governance institutions and processes generate the effective, legitimate, accountable results required to govern today’s interconnected, complex, uncertain and crisis-ridden world.

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Subject Categories

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