Cosmopolitanism: Ideals and Realities

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Polity, 2010 - Political Science - 306 pages
This book sets out the case for a cosmopolitan approach to contemporary global politics. It presents a systematic theory of cosmopolitanism, explicating its core principles and justifications, and examines the role many of these principles have played in the development of global politics, such as framing the human rights regime. The framework is then used to address some of the most pressing issues of our time: the crisis of financial markets, climate change and the fallout from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In each case, Held argues that realistic politics is exhausted, and that cosmopolitanism is the new realism.

See also Garrett Wallace Brown and David Held's The Cosmopolitanism Reader.

 

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Contents

Changing Forms of Global Order
1
Cosmopolitanism IdeasRealities and Deficits
27
Principles of Cosmopolitan Order
67
Cosmopolitan Law and Institutional Requirements
93
Violence Law and Justice in a Global Age
117
Reframing Global Governance Apocalypse Soon or Reform
143
Parallel Worlds The Governance of Global Risksin Finance Security and the Environment
184
Democracy Climate Change and Global Governance
208
Afterword
239
Acknowledgements
253
Abbreviations
255
Notes
259
References
268
Index
292
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David Held is Graham Wallace Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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