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Governing the global polity: practice, mentality, rationality

Neumann, Iver B. and Sending, Ole Jacob (2010) Governing the global polity: practice, mentality, rationality. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. ISBN 9780472070930

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What does globalization mean for the principle of state sovereignty and for the power and functioning of states? Whereas realists assert the continued importance of states, constructivists contend that various political entities as well as the logic of globalization itself undermine state sovereignty. Drawing on the state formation literature and on social theory, particularly the works of Weber and Foucault, Iver B. Neumann and Ole Jacob Sending question the terms of the realist-constructionist debate. Through detailed case studies, they demonstrate that states use nongovernmental organizations and international organizations indirectly to enforce social order and, ultimately, to increase their own power. At the same time, global politics is dominated by a liberal political rationality that states ignore at their peril. While states remain as strong as ever, they operate within a global polity of new hierarchies among states and between states and other actors.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2010 University of Michigan
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2012 10:31
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 02:58

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