From World Order to Global Disorder: States, Markets, and Dissent

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Political Science - 224 pages
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Anti-globalization activism world-wide attests to the tensions between globalization and civil society. To better understand this fraught relationship, Dorval Brunelle compares two social orders separated by a half-century. The post-World War II order entailed a broad vision uniting three complementary objectives security, justice, and welfare which were entrusted to a network of international and national institutions. In contrast, globalization, with wealth as its only objective, is undermining and overhauling the values and institutions of the previous order, including the United Nations and the welfare state.

From World Order to Global Disorder demonstrates the profound effect of globalization on relations between the state, civil society, and markets, as well as on collective and individual rights. As neo-liberalism evolves into globalization, governments are eschewing their role as public guardians and are instead bartering the very assets and resources their citizens' labour and activism created and preserved. However, no constitution makes governments owners of collective assets: governments are merely trustees. In this context, the world's citizens have a tremendous task before them: in the wake of the welfare state, their social forums are indispensable in the quest for a more just and equitable world.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Building the Postwar Order
11
2 Welfare States and Social Rights
35
3 Internationalism versus Regionalism in the Cold War
51
The Shift to Regionalism
77
From the Regional to the Global
97
6 Features of a Global Order
111
Social Movements and Globalization
129
Conclusion
145
Notes
156
Bibliography
181
Index
189
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Dorval Brunelle is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Observatoire des Am riques at the Universit du Qu bec Montr al (UQAM). He has published extensively, focusing more recently on the social dimensions of globalization and market liberalization. Richard Howard has been translating books from the French, chiefly in the social sciences, for over three decades.

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