The Great Disruption
September 2007, Polity
This book is an examination and interpretation of the enormous complex of social changes which, for want of a better word, we term globalization.
Introduction. The “Imaginary” of a New World
PART ONE: FAREWELL BODIN?
1 Sovereignty is No Longer One and Indivisible
From Government to Governance
2 The Redistribution of Sovereignty
Redistribution Towards the Market - Hayek Against Bodin - Redistribution Towards Civil Society - Civil Society and State Sovereignty - Why are Law and Politics not One and the Same?
3 Towards The Era of Operational Sovereignty?
4 Governance Against Sovereignism
Why Does Europe Prefer Standards and Norms? - Governance against Sovereignism: Proof by the Economy - Euro-American To-ings and Fro-ings - The Spectacular Inversion of Attitudes to Risk in Europe and America - Between Europe and America: a “Conflict of Experience”- The WTO and the Challenge of Collective Preferences - The Kyoto Litmus Test - The Conflict Around International Criminal Justice - Why has America Gone Back to Carl Schmitt? - Why is Europe Kantian?
5 The Self-Regulating Market
Why are there Fewer Public Goods? - The Market is Not External to Society - The Market Comes Off its National Hinges - The Ideological Construction of Globalization - Lex Globalica - The Dynamics of Self-Regulation
6 Is the State the “Useful Idiot” of the Global Village?
The Hobbesian State - The Market State - The Politicization of World Trade
The State as Guarantor of the Openness of Markets - The State as Guarantor of Collective Preferences - The Cannibalization of the Welfare State? - Does Globalization Create a Demand for More State Intervention?
7 The New Property Question
The Return of Enclosures - The Tragedy of the Anti-Commons
PART THREE: RETICENCE AND RESISTANCE
8 Is Alterglobalism a Trade Unionism?
The Founding Moves of Alterglobalism - The Mobilizing Myth of the Tobin Tax -
Why Alterglobalism is not a Trade Unionism - The Three Tendencies within French Alterglobalism - The Left and Alterglobalism
9 Why Does Globalization Generate Anxiety?
Age, Qualifications, Exposure and Socialization: the Quadrilateral of Representations - Populism or the Rejection of Complexity - Why Peoples are not Spontaneously pro-Free Trade - The Abiding Influence of Mercantilism
10 The Cohort of Losers
Why does Globalization Downgrade Unskilled Workers Even More? - The Global Social Ladder Kicked Away
Conclusion. There is no Globalization Without Difficulty… Or Without History
Translated by C.Turner
- This is a chilling discussion on the problems of
- In this rich and ambitious text Laidi proves himself to be one
of the foremost critics on globalization.
- Laidi reveals the disconcerting and even frightening aspects of
the world in which we live.
- Zaki Laidi is fast becoming one of the most famous French global and social commentators.
"The main strength of The Great Disruption is that it
shows how the outsourcing of authority to the expert and to
international bodies leads to today’s peculiarly risk-averse
and regulation-obsessed policymaking."
Frank Furedi, sp!ked review of books
"A wide-ranging erudite exploration of contemporary social
change that presents a compelling case for refashioning governance
of an emergent more global world. Zaki Laïdi asks key
questions and offers innovative answers: about rethinking
sovereignty, reconfiguring the state, providing public goods and
Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick
"This original and challenging text is based on solid research
and scholarship. The author offers challenging redefinitions of key
concepts and every section contains a wealth of insights, new
arguments and interesting linkages. A key part of the overall
argument is Laïdi's contrast between the approaches of the
European Union and the United States to globalization and its
governance and the problems and contradictions of each approach.
The analysis is always nuanced, sensitive to institutional
differences, aware of hierarchies of power and different positions
in global divisions of labour, and committed to the search for
alternatives to the current structures of globalization and their
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University