Rethinking the Politics of Globalization
Theory, Concepts and Strategy
This title was first published in 2002. Placed within the broad fields of International Relations and International Political Economyš this book specifically focuses upon the conceptual and strategic debates concerning the relationship between social movements and the politics of globalization. Outlining current theories concerning the activity and interaction of social movements and globalizationš Watson reconsiders this debate by mapping an alternative conceptual and strategic account of the politics of resistance to globalization. Considering the responses of neoliberal institutionsš the book also assesses the implications of struggles for understanding the site and nature of political power and authority in the present and future global political economy. This text is an important addition to the collections of those involved in issues that impact on international politicsš international political economyš the politics of development and democracyš third world politics and sociology.
Table of Contents
Contents: Debating the globalization problematic: ambiguities, approaches and controversies; The theory and practice of social movements; A politics of resistance to globalization: Marxist and neogramscian responses; Rethinking the politics of resistance; Globalization and its real discontents; Connecting resistance: the encounters for humanity; New visions of globalization: a new politics of inclusion and democracy; Reassessing power and authority: globalization with a human face?; Bibliography; Index.
’This book is a penetrating and provocative study of new forms of social action in the age of globalization. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the new politics of resistance.’ Barry K. Gills, University of Newcastle, UK ’With this book Watson demonstrates that not only does the politics of resistance to globalization provide a challenge to the practices of order in the real world, but that it should also provide critical challenges for those who analyze their contribution in International Relations.’ Dr Jason Abbott, Nottingham Trent University, UK