Governing the Global Polity
Practice, Mentality, Rationality
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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This book is about how states govern at a distance, through other types of agents. One such agent is the academic community. The book has its origins in academic resistance to governmentality in Norway. There exists apeculiar Scandinavian institution whereby the state pays a clutch of establishment researchers to write R&D-style analyses of how power works in...
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Globalization changes what the state does, and how the state does it.Those who hold that the state remains the sameâ€”realists being prominent among themâ€”overlook the kind of empirical evidence that we present below. Even more important, they overlook the fact that something does exist â€śaboveâ€ť the state: a liberal rationality of government. Those who...
1. Foucault's Concept of Governmentality: Emergence, Purchase, Promise
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2. Global Politics as Governmentality
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When applied to contemporary global politics, the governmentality perspective poses a challenge not only to the literature on global governance but to conceptualizations of global politics overall. In this chapter, we place the concept of governmentality in relation to dominant strands of thought within the discipline of international relations...
3. Governing a Great Power: Russia's Oddness Reconsidered
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We have argued that governmentality may be used as a full-fledged perspective from which to analyze global politics, and juxtaposed it to traditional perspectives, which share a starting point in taking the state as the basic unit and the states system as the basic structure (chap. 2). If the governmentality perspective is to complement state-based...
4. Nongovernmental Organizations: From Sovereignty to Liberal Governmentality
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Studies of global governance were very much triggered by a related debateon the sources and effects of processes of globalization (Held and McGrew 2000; Hirst and Thompson 1996; Keohane and Milner 1996). Protoformulations about global governance-type networks and processes are found in regime theory (Holsti 1992; Krasner 1983).1 ...
5. International Organizations: Liberalism, Sovereignty, and Police
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International organizations (IOs) have been a consistent focal point for contrasting views on such fundamental issues as international order, the prospects for international cooperation, and the sources of potential changes in state interests (Ruggie and Kratochwil 1986; Keohane 1984;Moravcsik 1999; Risse 2000). The contrast between theorists privileging...
Conclusion: Liberal Sovereignty in the Global Polity
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We began by introducing the concept of governmentality and the possibility of developing it as a perspective on global politics overall (chap. 1). Since this perspective may strike most IR scholars as being a rather novel one, we read it against Hans Morgenthauâ€™s perspective (chap. 2). We found that, primarily due to the shared Weberian roots where the...
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Page Count: 216
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Publication Year: 2010