Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism by Philip G. CernyRethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism by Philip G. Cerny

Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism

byPhilip G. Cerny

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Rethinking World Politics is a major intervention into a central debate in international relations: how has globalization transformed world politics? Most work on world politics still presumes the following: in domestic affairs, individual states function as essentially unified entities, andin international affairs, stable nation-states interact with each other. In this scholarship, the state lies at the center; it is what politics is all about. However, Philip Cerny contends that recent experience suggests another process at work: "transnational neopluralism." In the old version ofpluralist theory, the state is less a cohesive and unified entity than a varyingly stable amalgam of competing and cross-cutting interest groups that surround and populate it. Cerny explains that contemporary world politics is subject to similar pressures from a wide variety of sub- andsupra-national actors, many of which are organized transnationally rather than nationally. In recent years, the ability of transnational governance bodies, NGOs, and transnational firms to shape world politics has steadily grown. Importantly, the rapidly growing transnational linkages among groupsand the emergence of increasingly influential, even powerful, cross-border interest and value groups is new. These processes are not replacing nation-states, but they are forging new transnational webs of power. States, he argues, are themselves increasingly trapped in these webs. After mapping outthe dynamics behind contemporary world politics, Cerny closes by prognosticating where this might all lead. Sweeping in its scope, Rethinking World Politics is a landmark work of international relations theory that upends much of our received wisdom about how world politics works and offers us newways to think about the forces shaping the contemporary world.
Philip G. Cerny is Professor of Global Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, Newark, and Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Manchester, UK. He is a former chair of the International Political Economy Section of the Internation...
Title:Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational NeopluralismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 1 inPublished:March 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Identifying Change1. Introduction: Why Transnational Neopluralism?2. Globalization and Other Stories: The Search for a New Paradigm for International Relations3. Space, Territory and Functional Differentiation: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Borders4. Reconfiguring Power in a Globalizing WorlPart II: Dynamics of Change5. Multi-Nodal Politics: A Framework for Analysis6. From Iron Triangles to Flexible Pentangles: The Global Policy Process7. Embedding Neoliberalism: The Evolving Ideational Framework of the New World Politics8. The State in a Globalizing World: From raison d'Etat to raison du monde9. Institutional bricolage and Global Governmentality: From Infrastructure to SuperstructurePart II: Implications of Change10. Some Pitfalls of Democratization in a Globalizing Wo11. The New Security Dilemma12. Financial Globalization, Crisis, and the Reorganization of Global Capital13. Rescaling the State and the Pluralization of Marxis14. Conclusion: Globalization is What Actors Make of ItBibliographyIndex