The author asks whether it is possible to restore the compassionate and responsible state given present global conditions. Many of the ideas currently guiding the formation of global policy are pushing states in the opposite direction, towards cruelty and irresponsibility. This applies especially with regard to the social agenda and protection of the global commons.
The book contends that the fate of humanity depends crucially on how this role of the state unfolds in the decades ahead. In essence, the question revolves around whether globalization can be transformed so as to serve better the interests of the peoples of the world.
The global economic crisis in the late 1990s along with the leftward swing in important countries raises hopes that a more humane globalization is a timely political project. The analysis in this book offers a framework and vision for just such an undertaking, and especially for the re–empowerment of the state so that it may better serve the wellbeing of its citizens, and, indeed, of humanity overall.
Part I. Diagnosing the Challenge:.
1. Democratizing, Internationalizing, and Globalizing: A Collage of Blurred Images.
2. Co–opting the Sovereign State.
3. On the Political Economy of World Order.
4. A Regional Approach to World Order.
Part II: Substantive Dimensions:.
5. The Illegitimacy of the Non–Proliferation Regime.
6. The Quest for Human Rights.
7. The Outlook for UN Reform: Necessary but Impossible.
Part III: New Directions:.
8. Resisting "Globalization–from–Above" through "Globalization–from–Below".
9. Global Civil Society: Perspectives, Initiatives, Movements.
10. Recasting Citizenship.
11. Toward Normative Renewal.