Constructing a Global Polity: Theory, Discourse and Governance by Olaf CorryConstructing a Global Polity: Theory, Discourse and Governance by Olaf Corry

Constructing a Global Polity: Theory, Discourse and Governance

byOlaf Corry

Hardcover | April 11, 2013

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What is a 'global polity' and can it be squared with the continued strength of nation-states?

This book argues that our current understanding of globalization makes it impossible to grasp some crucial changes in world politics. Drawing innovatively on both Foucault and Waltz Constructing a Global Polity reframes the debate about global politics by redefining the term 'polity' as a new model of political structure. Unlike hierarchy and anarchy, polity draws attention to how new objects of governance such as the global economy or climate affect the structure of world politics.

Through this new lens the author examines the construction of a global polity in the controversy that followed the dramatic 'anti-globalization' protests at global elite gatherings. The findings challenge the standard typology of positions in the globalization debate and suggest that, even while states remain central, the logic of world politics may be shifting in more subtle ways.
Olaf Corry is Lecturer in International Relations at The Open University, UK. He has a PhD from the University of Copenhagen and has previously worked at Cambridge and as a policy-advisor. He has written about global politics, social movements, climate change and risk in journals such as Review of International Studies, Millennium, an...
Title:Constructing a Global Polity: Theory, Discourse and GovernanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:April 11, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230238750

ISBN - 13:9780230238756


Table of Contents

1. Post-Internationalism and the Global Polity
2. Global Governmentality and the Domestic Analogy
3. Models of Political Structure in International Relations
4. What Is a (Global) Polity?
5. Governing Globality for Local Autonomy
6. Governing Globality for Market Freedom
7. Governing Globality for Human Welfare
8. Constructing a Global Polity

Editorial Reviews

'In this highly innovative book, Olaf Corry provides a fresh take on the problem of world order. Venturing beyond statist and globalist accounts, Corry argues that the concept of polity will help us to make better sense of the structure of the global realm, as well as the constitution of governance objects within that realm. As such, this book represents a significant contribution to the study of order in world politics, and should be of interest to international relations theorists and sociologists alike.'-Jens Bartelson, Lund University, Sweden  'A superb account that penetrates the confusion of today's geopolitics to find a global polity coalescing around global governanceobjects.'- Martin Albrow, University of Bonn, Germany'A highly innovative work which adds greatly to our understanding of global politics.'- Anthony Giddens, Member of the House of Lords