Power in the Global Age: A New Global Political Economy
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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New Critical Theory with Cosmopolitan Intent
1 Change in perspective and paradigm from a national
Critique of the National Outlook
1 Paradigm change in the social sciences from the ﬁrst
On the Breaching
1 On the distinction between the dimension of reality
1 Global economic strategies of capital
State Strategies between Renationalization
Who Wins? On the Transformation of Concepts and Forms
1 State typology for the second modernity
4 Varieties of critique and selfcritique of
A Brief Funeral Oration at the Cradle of the Cosmopolitan Age
1 Transformation of the legitimacy of global politics
1 State strategies
Strategies of Civil Society Movements
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