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Transformation of Political Community. Ethical Foundations of the Post-Westphalian Era. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2249195
  • Book
  • January 1998
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Sovereign nation states, which were formed in the context of major war, have been deeply exclusionary in their dealings with minority cultures and alien outsiders. In this book, Andrew Linklater claims that globalization, the pacification of core areas of the world economy and ethnic revolt challenge these traditional practices. As a result, new forms of political community and citizenship have become possible.

In an original synthesis of recent developments in social and political theory, The Transformation of Political Community argues for new forms of political community which are cosmopolitan, sensitive to cultural differences and committed to reducing material inequalities. The book provides a bold account of post-Westphalian societies and the ethical principles which should inform their external relations. Linklater argues for political communities in which human relations are governed by dialogue and consent rather than power and force.

The Transformation of Political Community will be of interest to students and academics in international relations, politics and sociology.

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Preface and Acknowledgements.

1. Anarchy, Community and Critical International Theory.

The Critique of Neo-Realism.

The Problem of Community in International Relations.

The Changing Context of the Modern State.

Theorizing the Reconfiguration of Political Community.

2. Universality, Difference and the Emancipatory Project.

Difference, Self-determination and Exclusion.

The State, Citizenship and Humanity. Universalism, Domination and Otherness.

3. The Dialogic Ethic and the Transformation of Political Community.

Limits on Exclusion: Membership, Citizenship and Global Responsibilities.

The Dialogic Community.

Dialogue and Discourse.

Universalism Revisited.

4. The Modes of Exclusion and the Boundaries of Community.

The Critical Sociology of Inclusion and Exclusion.

Social Learning and International Relations.

Inclusion and Exclusion in World Civilisations.

Towards a Sociology of Bounded Communities.

5. State Power, Modernity and its Potentials.

Origins of the Paradoxes of the Modern State.

On the Ambiguities of State Power.

On the Possibility of New State Structures.

The Post-Exclusionary State: Answerability to Universal Rationales.

6. Community and Citizenship in the Post-Westphalian Era.

Citizenship and its Development.

The Problem of the Exclusionary Sovereign State.

Beyond the Westphalian State.

Citizenship in the Post-Westphalian State.

Cosmopolitan Citizenship.





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Andrew Linklater University of Keele.
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