Power in the Global Age: A New Global Political Economy
February 2006, Polity
The author puts forward the provocative thesis that in an age of global crises and risks, a politics of "golden handcuffs" - the creation of a dense network of transnational interdependencies - is exactly what is needed in order to regain national autonomy, not least in relation to a highly mobile world economy. It is imperative that the maxim of nation-based realpolitik - that national interests have necessarily to be pursued by national means - be replaced by the maxim of cosmopolitan realpolitik. The more cosmopolitan our political structures and activities, Beck suggests, the more successful they will be in promoting national interests, and the greater our individual power in this global age will be.
Translated by Kathleen Cross
- A brilliant new work on global politics and nation-based real politik by Ulrich Beck, one of the world’s leading social and political theorists.
- Develops the argument of Beck’s Cosmopolitan Manifesto that the more cosmopolitan our political structures and activities, the more successful they will be in promoting national interests.
- Throws light on the global power games being played out between global business, nation states and movements rooted in civil society.
- An essential text for students and scholars in sociology and politics.
-- Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
"In this fascinating new book Ulrich Beck develops further a manifesto of, and for, a cosmopolitan world. Especially important is his attempt to decipher and characterize the architecture of cosmopolitan states and civil society. This major book may well do for 'cosmopolitan society' what Beck’s earlier works did for deciphering the nature of 'risk society'."
-- John Urry, Lancaster University