Power Shifts and Global Governance: Challenges from South and North

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Ashwani Kumar, Dirk Messner
Anthem Press, 2011 - Political Science - 359 pages
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Animated by theoretical eclecticism and methodological diversity, 'Power Shifts and Global Governance: Challenges from South and North' presents a 'post-national' political project for analyzing emerging architectures of global governance and examining country and regional case studies from the perspective of 'great power shifts' in the twenty-first century. Using theoretical insights from neo-Kantians and neo-institutionalists, the book explores the contested meanings and practices of globalization and polycentric governance in the context of emerging powers such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, and examines the implications of shifts in the foreign and domestic policies of the new powers in the world. The book not only reflects on the fundamental erosion of an international order in which Western societies enjoyed a relatively uncomplicated consensus on their political, economic and ideological eminence, but also debates the nature of emerging 'radically incomplete' global interdependencies among nations.

Challenging the hegemony of dominant paradigms in conventional International Relations theories and blurring the traditional distinctions between South and North, the book seeks a new 'New Deal' to address issues of poverty, climate change and human security at the global level. Written in clear, lucid language, the book is a serious attempt to deepen newer ways of international cooperation as it re-imagines the future of cosmopolitan democracy and global civil society.


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Ashwani Kumar is Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He is the author of ‘Community Warriors: State, Peasants and Caste Armies in Bihar’ (Anthem Press 2008). He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE (London) and has also been associated with the Global Governance Research Network at the German Institute of Development (Bonn). He is one of the Chief-Editors of ‘Global Civil Society 2009: Poverty and Activism’ (International Sage, London). He is active in civil society movements and is also a member of the Central Employment Guarantee Council (Government of India).

Dirk Messner is Director of the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn and Professor of Political Science at the University Duisburg-Essen. He is also a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He was awarded his Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin. He has co-authored numerous publications, including ‘Climate Change as a security risk’ and ‘Chinese and European perspectives on development cooperation with Africa: values, objectives and modalities’.

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