Power in the Global Age: A New Global Political Economy

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Polity, 2005 - Political Science - 365 pages
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This brilliant new book by one of Europe's leading social thinkers throws light on the global power games being played out between global business, nation states and movements rooted in civil society. Beck offers an illuminating account of the changing nature of power in the global age and assesses the influence of the ever-expanding counter-powers.





The author puts forward the provocative thesis that in an age of global crises and risks, a politics of "golden handcuffs" - the creation of a dense network of transnational interdependencies - is exactly what is needed in order to regain national autonomy, not least in relation to a highly mobile world economy. It is imperative that the maxim of nation-based realpolitik - that national interests have necessarily to be pursued by national means - be replaced by the maxim of cosmopolitan realpolitik. The more cosmopolitan our political structures and activities, Beck suggests, the more successful they will be in promoting national interests, and the greater our individual power in this global age will be.
 

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Contents

New Critical Theory with Cosmopolitan Intent
1
1 Change in perspective and paradigm from a national
24
Critique of the National Outlook
35
1 Paradigm change in the social sciences from the first
48
On the Breaching
51
1 On the distinction between the dimension of reality
111
1 Global economic strategies of capital
122
State Strategies between Renationalization
166
Who Wins? On the Transformation of Concepts and Forms
249
1 State typology for the second modernity
258
4 Varieties of critique and selfcritique of
277
A Brief Funeral Oration at the Cradle of the Cosmopolitan Age
280
1 Transformation of the legitimacy of global politics
299
Notes
311
References and Bibliography
329
Index
354

1 State strategies
169
Strategies of Civil Society Movements
236

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U.Beck, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich

Translated by Kathleen Cross

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