The Idea of Global Civil Society

Ethics and Politics in a Globalizing Era

Edited by Randall Germain, Michael Kenny

© 2007 – Routledge

248 pages

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About the Book

This book evaluates the claim that in order to explore the changing social foundations of global power relations today, we need to include in our analysis an understanding of global civil society, particularly if we also wish to raise ethical questions about the changing political and institutional practices of transnational governance. Bridging the normative concerns of political theorists with the historical and institutional focus of scholars of international relations and international political economy, this book is of broad interest to students and researchers concerned with international relations, civil society, global governance and ethics.

About the Editors

Randall D. Germain is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, Canada. He is the author of The International Organization of Credit: states and global finance in the world-economy (Cambridge University Press, 1997), and the editor of Globalization and Its Critics: perspectives from political economy (Palgrave, 2000). He has also published in journals such as The European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, and Global Governance.

Michael Kenny is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he has taught since 1993. Before that he was a Lecturer in Politics at the Queen's University, Belfast, 1990-3. His principal research interests are in the fields of Anglo-American political thought and intellectual history. He has authored a study of the political ideas of the British New Left (Lawrence and Wishart 1995) and co-authored a guide to Anglophone literature on the history of political thought (with R.Eccleshall, Routledge, 1995). He is the co-editor of volumes on political theory and environmental policy (with J.Meadowcroft, Routeldge, 2000); and discourses of decline in British political thought (with R.English, Macmillan, 2000). He is the author of a number of scholarly papers, including studies of: the political theory of Isaiah Berlin; social democratic thought and the politics of New Labour; the political ideas of Edward Thompson; and (with Dr R.Germain) the uses/abuses of Antonio Gramsci in International Relations theory. He is author of 'Political Theory and the Politics of Identity' (forthcoming Polity Press, 2004).

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

Jacqueline Best – Ottawa

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL023000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions