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The Quest For A Just World Order

By Samuel S Kim Copyright 1984
    440 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In response to a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the state of the world and the state of international relations research, Professor Kim has taken an alternative approach to the study of contemporary world politics. Specifically, he has adopted and expanded the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and transnational approach developed by the World Order Models Project (WOMP), an enterprise committed to the realization of peace, economic equality and well-being, social justice, and ecological balance. Systemic in scope and interdisciplinary in methodology, The Quest for a Just World Order explains and projects the issues, patterns, and trends of world politics, giving special attention to the attitudinal, normative, behavioral, and institutional problems involved in the politics of system transformation. Professor Kim also attempts to remedy a number of problematic features of traditional approaches, including a value-neutral orientation; fragmentation and overspecialization; overemphasis on national actors, the superpowers, and stability; and the Hobbesian image of world politics. Part 1 presents a conceptual framework for developing a normative theory of world order. Each of the four chapters in Part 2 examines a specific global crisis in depth, working within the framework laid out in Part 1. In Part 3 a variety of desirable and feasible transition strategies are proposed, and Professor Kim assesses the prospects for achieving a just and humane world order system by the end of this century.

    Also of Interest -- Introduction -- From International to World Order Politics -- The Transformation of World Politics -- In Search of a World Order Theory -- The State of the Human Condition -- Global Violence -- Global Inequities -- Global Human Rights -- Global Human Environment -- Building an Alternative World Order -- Alternative Future Images and Transition Orientations


    Samuel S. Kimis a professor of political science at Monmouth College and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute (formerly the Institute for World Order). He is the author of China, the United Nations, and World Order (Princeton University Press, 1979), the coauthor (with Richard Falk) of The War System: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Westview Press, 1980), and the coeditor (with Richard Falk and Saul H. Mendlovitz) of Toward a Just World Order (Westview Press, 1982).