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Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government

Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government

Danilo Zolo

ISBN: 978-0-745-61301-7

Feb 1997, Polity

216 pages

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$24.95

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This volume makes a challenging critique of the idea of Cosmopolis - that is, the idea of world or 'global' government. In recent years this idea has been put forward as a way of averting the threat of war and international disorder, and as a way of avoiding the destruction of the planet. Proponents of this idea call for a radical reform of the United Nations which aims to legitimize this institution as an international police force and as a provider of global justice.

Zolo criticizes this new cosmopolitan philosophy and rejects the idea of trying to eliminate international conflict through the use of centralized and superior military force. He seeks instead to develop a conception of international relations which takes account of their pluralistic, dynamic and conflictual nature. This conception moves away from the logic of hierarchical centralization, which so dominates the UN Charter, and towards the logic of 'weak interventionism' and 'weak pacifism' which relies on self-organization, co-ordination and negotiation.

Timely, provocative and iconoclastic, Cosmopolis is an important contribution to current debates in politics, international relations and social and political theory.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. The Cosmopolitan Model of the Holy Alliance.

2. The Gulf War: The First Cosmopolitan War.

3. The Blind Alleys of International Ethics.

4. Civitas Maxima and Cosmopolitan Law.

5. Towards a 'Weak Pacifism'.

Conclusion.

Postscript to the English Edition.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

'A provocative and convincing argument.' Foreign Affairs
* Timely, provocative and iconoclastic, Cosmopolis is an important contribution to current debates in international relations, including the role of the U. N.
* A challenging and sceptical critique of the idea of Cosmopolis - the idea of world or 'global government' which could be used to avert the threat of war and international disorder.
* Zolo outlines an alternative account of international relations which takes account of their pluralistic and conflictual natures.