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On Humane Governance. Toward a New Global Politics

  • ID: 2715405
  • Book
  • October 1995
  • Region: Global
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book contends that the forces of late modernity are trapped between a capital–driven globalization and a territorially rooted revival of tribalism and ultra–nationalism. Its critical focus is on global structures that are producing new patterns of North/South and rich/poor domination, as well as exerting dangerous pressures on the carrying capacities of the planet.

The volume argues that any hopeful response to these threatening developments requires the fundamental revision of such basic ideas as sovereignty, democracy and security. These organizing conceptions of political life are being reshaped during this era of transition from a state–centric world of geopolitics to a more centrally guided world of geogovernance. This book contends that geogovernance will have adverse consequences for the human condition unless it can be mainly constructed by transnational democratic forces animated by a vision of human governance. The character of this vision, and the politics of its realization, are set forth in the final chapters.

On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics has been compiled as a report for the World Order Models Project (WOMP).
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1. From Geopolitics to Humane Governance: A Necessary Journey.

2. A Triple Indictment of Inhumane Governance.

3. Sovereignty: A Twisting Path from Modernism.

4. The Democratizing Imperative.

5. Security for Humane Governance.

6. The Stuggle Against Globalization from Above.

7. In Pursuit of Humane Governance: Building Hope in the Coming Era of Geogovernance.

8. The Essential Vision: A Normative Project to Achieve Humane Governance.


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"With impressive sweep, Professor Falk provides a lucid account of late twentieth–century international trends and what he sees as the state–centric and market–driven orientation of global governance. He is cogently critical of the human and environmental impact of prevailing geopolitical forces. Fearful about losing the opportunity to reshape world order presented by teh end of the cold War, he calls for a more 'humane governence' ... an engaging contribution to the debate on the future of a global order."
Ismat Kittani, Special adviser to the Secretary–General of the United Nations

"This book makes a worthwhile contribution to the growing number of loosely linked neo–idealist texts produced since the end of the Cold War." Political Studies
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