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.
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?.
John W. Meyer, Stanford University