Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution

Shaw, Martin (2000) Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution. Cambridge University Press, UK. ISBN 9780521592505

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This ambitious study rewrites the terms of debate about globalization. Martin Shaw argues that the deepest meaning of globality is the growing sense of worldwide human commonality as a practical social force, arising from political struggle not technological change. The book focuses upon two new concepts: the unfinished global-democratic revolution and the global-Western state. Shaw shows how an internationalized, post-imperial Western state conglomerate, symbiotically linked to global institutions, is increasingly consolidated amidst worldwide democratic upheavals against authoritarian, quasi-imperial non-Western states. This study explores the radical implications of these concepts for social, political and international theory, through a fundamental critique of modern ‘national-international’ social thought and dominant economistic versions of global theory. Required reading for sociology and politics as well as international relations, Theory of the Global State offers a historical, theoretical and political framework for understanding state and society in the emerging global age. • Major new contribution to debates about globalization, by an important scholar of international relations and sociology • The first major work from a historical sociology perspective to account for global change, and an original criticism of mainstream accounts of globalization • Will have widespread appeal to students of globalization in IR, politics, sociology and geography departments

Item Type: Book
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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:52
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