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Bottom-up politics: an agency-centred approach to globalisation

Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379 and Glasius, Marlies, eds. (2011) Bottom-up politics: an agency-centred approach to globalisation. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK. ISBN 9780230280328

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The writing out of agency from the study of globalization resulted in its portrayal as an uncontrollable, unstoppable and unchangeable force. Ordinary people have been conceptualized as victims or beneficiaries. Alternatively, grassroots activism has been romantically portrayed as an unproblematic force for good. Inspired by the work of Mary Kaldor on global civil society and new wars, the authors explore complex, counterintuitive and even unintended forms and consequences of bottom-up politics as the state loses its dominance as a political actor in the global era. Leading theorists such as Albrow, Falk, Held, Rothschild and Sassen, together with young scholars demonstrate the importance of agency to our understanding of globalization. They offer a critical evaluation of bottom-up politics from a variety of disciplines, including those of sociology, law, economics, history and politics. The book is an invaluable guide to a paradigm shift not just in studying but also in doing politics.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2011 The authors
Divisions: Government
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 11:08
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 00:25

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