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Globalization Theory: Approaches and Controversies

ISBN: 978-0-7456-3210-0
288 pages
April 2007, Polity
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This is the fourth volume in the highly acclaimed Global Transformations series. It follows in the footsteps of Global Transformations, The Global Transformations Reader and Governing Globalization. All these volumes have been widely adopted in courses on globalization and global governance across the world, and Globalization Theory will find a place alongside these texts.


This book focuses on elucidating leading theoretical approaches to understanding and explaining globalization, in both its current form and potential future shapes. It is divided into two parts: the first examines competing explanatory theories of globalization in its contemporary form, and the second looks at competing prescriptions for the future of globalization.


The book’s contributors are world-renowned experts in their field, including : Chris Brown, Alex Callinicos ,Michael Doyle, David Held, G. John Ikenberry, Andrew Kuper, Anthony McGrew, Layna Mosley, Thomas Pogge, Thomas Risse, Saskia Sassen and John Tomlinson.


This book is designed for courses on globalization and global governance at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. It will be of interest to students in politics, international relations, social geography, and sociology.

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  • Contents
  • Contributors
  • Acronyms
  • Preface
  • Introduction :Globalization at Risk? David Held and Anthony McGrew
  • Part One – The Making of Globalization
  • Chapter 1 Organized Violence in the Making (and Unmaking) of Globalization
  • Anthony McGrew
  • Chapter 2 Globalization as American Hegemony
  • G. John Ikenberry
  • Chapter 3 Globalization, imperialism, and the capitalist world system
  • Alex Callinicos
  • Chapter 4 The places and spaces of the global:an expanded analytic terrain
  • Saskia Sassen
  • Chapter 5 The Political Economy of Globalization
  • Layna Mosley
  • Chapter 6 Social Constructivism Meets Globalization
  • Thomas Risse
  • Chapter 7 Globalization and Cultural Analysis
  • John Tomlinson

  • Part Two- The Remaking of Globalization
  • Chapter 8 Reimagining International Society and Global Community
  • Chris Brown
  • Chapter 9 The Liberal Peace, Democratic Accountability and the Challenge of Globalization
  • Michael W. Doyle
  • Chapter 10 Reframing Global Economic Security and Justice
  • Thomas Pogge
  • Chapter 11 Reconstructing Global Governance – Eight Innovations
  • Andrew Kuper
  • Chapter 12 Reframing Global Governance: Apocalypse Soon or Reform! David Held
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    David Held is Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Anthony McGrew is Professor of International Relations at Southampton University.
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    • A fourth volume in the hugely successful and highly acclaimed ‘Global Transformations’ series
    • Features contributions from world renowned experts in the field, including Thomas Pogge, G. John Ikenberry, Alex Callinicos and David Held
    • First section deals with competing views of globalization in its current state
    • Second section deals with different normative analyses of the future of globalization
    • Will be invaluable to students on a wide-range of courses
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    “By resisting the temptation to indulge in utopian fantasising, this experienced group of scholars, including Chris Brown, Thomas Pogge and Andrew Kuper, take their role of drawing up a new blueprint for global governance suitably seriously ... the careful selection of essays [constitutes an] excellent collection.”
    Political Studies Review

    “A timely and challenging volume from a first-rate roster of contributors.”
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University

    “This volume, composed by some of the leading analysts of globalization, goes a long way towards clarifying the debate on a fundamental topic, often confused by ideology. It is both rigorous and challenging in its intellectual diversity. It will become required reading in universities around the world.”
    Manuel Castells, University of Southern California

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