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.
Reflections on the rise of right–wing populism in Europe
Chapter I Introduction: New Critical Theory with cosmopolitan intent
Chapter II Critique of the national outlook
Chapter III Global domestic politics changes the rules: On the breaching of boundaries in economics, politics and society
Chapter IV Power and counter–power in the global age: The strategies of capital
Chapter V State strategies between renationalization and transnationalization
Chapter VI Strategies of civil society movements
Chapter VII Who wins? On the transformation of concepts and forms of the state and politics in the second modernity
Chapter VIII Brief funeral oration at the cradle of the cosmopolitan era
–– Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
"In this fascinating new book Ulrich Beck develops further a manifesto of, and for, a cosmopolitan world. Especially important is his attempt to decipher and characterize the architecture of cosmopolitan states and civil society. This major book may well do for ′cosmopolitan society′ what Beck’s earlier works did for deciphering the nature of ′risk society′."
–– John Urry, Lancaster University