Globalization / Anti-Globalization: Beyond the Great Divide, 2nd Edition
November 2007, Polity
The second edition of this highly successful book tests the claims of those who dismiss the continuing significance of globalization through a comprehensive assessment of contemporary global trends. In the aftermath of 9/11, and the war in Iraq, there has been much talk of the end of globalization. Held and McGrew argue that these post-mortems for globalization are entirely premature. They show this by focusing upon the primary structures of world order namely: patterns of governance, organized violence, the economy, culture and environmental degradation. Patterns of inequality, exclusion and domination are also assessed.
Building upon this analysis, the authors present the case for continuing to take globalization seriously as both a description and explanation of our current global condition. They also ask the vital question: can globalization be tamed? Held and McGrew explore whether a more just and stable world order is either desirable or feasible and present an alternative ethical and political agenda for the twenty-first century – a global covenant of cosmopolitan social democracy.
The second edition of this powerful and original book has been comprehensively updated, with three new chapters added. The book will appeal to all those who remain intrigued, confused or simply baffled by the controversy about globalization and its consequences for the twenty-first century world order.
List of Figures and Tables
1 The Demise of Globalization: Current Controversies
Part One – The Globalization Controversy
2 The Reconfiguration of Political Power?
3 The Fate of National Culture
4 Global Insecurities: Military Threats and Environmental Catastrophe
5 A New World Economic Order: Global Markets and State Power
6 The Great Divergence: Global Inequality and Development
7 (Mis)Managing the World?
Part Two – Remaking Globalization
8 Beyond Globalization / Antiglobalization
9 World Orders, Ethical Foundations
10 The Contentious Politics of Globalization: Mapping Ideals and Theories
11 Reconstructing World Order: Towards Cosmopolitan Social Democracy
12 Testing Cosmopolitan Social Democracy; the challenge of 9/11 and global economic governance
Anthony McGrew is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southampton.
- A short, readable introduction to the globalization debate
- Written by leading figures in the field
- Brings together the most original contributions from both sides of the argument
- Covers all the main topics in the debate
- A must-read on one of the most important discussions of our times
"This is an excellent interpretation of current debates on the
subject ... it will be widely adopted."
American Journal of Sociology
"Extremely successful as a short and concise summary of the
globalization debate ... and is an ideal teaching resource."
Australian Journal of Political Science
"This is a brief and extremely useful book, helpful in
particular for bringing some order into the chaos of the
globalization debate; and helpful also in that it does not tell a
one-sided story. For students of globalization, undergraduate or
postgraduate, this little book should be an absolute must."
Acclaim for the second edition:
"This book provides a masterly and comprehensive survey of the
political and intellectual debates over globalization that have
raged for the past two decades. It is indispensable reading for
anyone interested in finding out what these debates have been about
and why they matter."
Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge
"Globalization/Anti-Globalization is the best available
account of the complexities of globalization. The authors state
fairly a variety of points of view, present a vast amount of
up-to-date evidence, and make a clear argument of their own ...
highly recommended for university courses and for the general
Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University
"Held and McGrew's second edition of
Globalization/Anti-Globalization is a thoroughgoing revision
of an already outstanding book. Held and McGrew do more than survey
the field: they discuss how we might respond to globalization and
how we could construct an effective politics to lessen its major
negative consequences whilst improving the lives of the vast bulk
of the world's population. This is a stunningly impressive book
– a must-have reference work on the central debates within
the globalization literature."
Steve Smith, University of Exeter