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The Global System. Economics, Politics and Culture

  • ID: 4071920
  • Book
  • September 1995
  • Region: Global
  • 264 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This book provides a comprehensive discussion of the nature and impact of globalization in modern times. It offers an analysis and critique of the major theories of the world system, whilst developing an original position of its own through a reworking of structurationist and institutionalist analysis.

A feature of Axford′s analysis is his consideration of several different dimensions along which globalizing tendencies have emerged. In addition to economic interdependence, the book concentrates upon political and cultural globalization. It does so through reference to a wide range of illustrative materials, including the idea of a new world information order, the European Union as a new sort of political form, and the Islamic banking system as an instance of the localization of global cultural products.

"The Global System" will be of interest to all those concerned with the phenomenon of globalization and will be of value to students in politics, economics and cultural studies.

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1. Conceptualizing the Global Condition.

2. Ways of Thinking about the World.

3. Treating the World as a Social System.

4. The World Economy.

5. States and the Global System.

6. Culture and the Global System.

7. Conflicts and Issues in the Global System.

8. The World in a State of Chaos?.

9. Conclusion.



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"The Global System" is a fine review of recent discussions of the rise and nature of a world society. It parallels other recent work on the character of the world economy and the world political, or interstate, system; but it is distinctive and innovative – and extraordinarily valuable – in discussing the cultural aspects of modern globalization and of the world political and economic systems themselves. The book is the most sophisticated and thoughtful review of the general issue now available. It will be most useful for students and researchers in this area."
John W. Meyer, Stanford University
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