The Politics of Globalization in the United States (Google eBook)

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Georgetown University Press, Mar 2, 2001 - Political Science - 224 pages
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From the conflicts over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization to concern over illegal immigration and debates over the official status of the English language, politicians and citizens have been reconsidering fundamental questions about American society's role in a changing global arena. Applying concepts derived from the study of international and comparative politics, Edward S. Cohen offers a systematic analysis of the impact of globalization on United States domestic politics.

Focusing on the obvious issue of trade and the less obvious areas of immigration and language policy, Cohen demonstrates that globalization is both the cause and result of a new relationship between the government, corporations, and citizens within the United States. Globalization has led to the formation of new political divisions and coalitions and has caused deepening conflicts over the purposes and goals of American politics. The outcome of these conflicts, Cohen argues, will determine the future of American political life.

Showing that globalization has transformed the priorities and responsibilities of sovereign states rather than hastening their demise, the book will interest politicians, policymakers, and students looking for a discussion of globalization that is grounded in the recent political history of the United States.

  

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Contents

Globalization and the Future of American Politics and Policymaking
3
The Sovereign State the Nation and Popular Sovereignty
33
Globalization in the Contemporary World The End of Sovereignty?
55
The Politics of Trade and the Clamor for Sovereignty
87
Immigration and the Politics of Membership
118
E Pluribus Unum? The Politics of Official English and Bilingual Education
143
Which Future for the American Polity?
167
Notes
181
Bibliography
201
Index
210
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About the author (2001)

Edward S. Cohen is associate professor of political science at Westminster College, Pennsylvania.