This book represents the first discussion from a political science perspective of the concept of Multiple Modernities in three dimensions. First taking stock of the discussions of the concept itself, the book then connects the concept to more recently developed analytical and normative concepts that concretize it, before finally opening up a discussion about its implications and consequences for the political dimension.
Written by outstanding scholars in the field, the book addresses four principal concepts – Good Society, Good Governance, Human Security and Varieties of Capitalism. It determines whether and to what degree these concepts enable us to discover the commonalities and differences that distinguish the emerging multiple modernities in our time with respect to their political implications and consequences.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of political theory, political economy, international relations, comparative politics and sociology.
Table of Contents
Introduction [Thomas Meyer] Part I: Good governance 1. Multiple modernities and good governance [Thomas Meyer] 2. Good governance in a world of multiple modernities: Whose modernity? [Rodney Bruce Hall] Part II: Development 3. Alternative modernities on the road to nowhere [Jack Snyder] 4. Variegated capitalism and varieties of modernity [Tak-Wing Ngo] Part III: Human security 5. Multiple modernities in a multiplex world [Amitav Acharya] 6. Enhanced human security: A modernitiy available to all [Inge Kaul] Part IV: Dialogue 7. The past and present of Europe’s intercultural dialogue: Beyond a "normative power" approach toward two-way cooperation [Mario Telò] 8. The role of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations in building culturally inclusive societies in the 21st century [Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser] 9. Harmony and human dignity: A Confucian perspective [Julia Tao] Part V: Globalization 10. The new modernity: Networked globalization [Manuel Castells] 11. Globalization, migration, and the role of the state [Julian Nida-Rümelin] 12. Plural modernity and negotiated universals [Jürgen Kocka] Conclusion [Thomas Meyer and José Luís de Sales Marques]
Thomas Meyer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany and Editor-in-Chief of the monthly political magazine, Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte Journal of Social Democracy.
José Luís de Sales Marques is President of the Board of Directors of the Institute of European Studies of Macau.