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After Authority

War, Peace, and Global Politics in the 21st Century

Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Publication Year: 2000

This book examines the troubled modern nation–state and reflects on the “end” of authority, sovereignty, and national security, and the implications of that end in the coming decades. 'After Authority offers an overview of the evolving international political “revolution,” a historical perspective based on Lipschutz’s writings over the years. It also examines the prospects for war and peace in the twenty-first century. During earlier “industrial revolutions,” long-standing and apparently stable patterns of social behavior, economic exchange, and political authority came under challenge. Today, post World War Two institutions that were formed to create a peaceful, economically-prosperous world, are under severe challenge by globalization, liberalization, and social innovation. Old hierarchies of power and wealth have been undermined as people take advantage of new economic and political opportunities, and the resulting disruption of expectations leads to fear, uncertainty, instability, and violence.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page

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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

This book has been a long time coming. It is the second in what I have come to think of as my “security triology.” The first was On Security (Columbia, 1995), the third is tentatively entitled Minds at Peace, and it should appear sometime early in the next millennium. Although some of the preliminary thinking ...

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1. THEORY OF GLOBAL POLITICS

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pp. 1-11

The nation-state is in trouble. It is under siege by contradictory forces of its own making and its leaders have no idea how to proceed. Paradoxically, these forces are grounded in the end of the Cold War as well as the broadly held goals of economic growth and the extension of ...

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2. THE WORRIES OF NATIONS

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pp. 13-32

More than half a century has passed since Karl Polanyi penned those words. He wrote The Great Transformation in the midst of the greatest conflagration human civilization has yet known, and, ever since, his book been regarded as one of the classics of modern political economy. Polanyi sought to explain why the ...

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3. THE INSECURITY DILEMMA

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pp. 33-62

What is “security?” What does it mean to be “secure?” Who or what secures us? And why do we feel so insecure? Security demands certainty; to be uncertain about the present and future is to be insecure about them, as well. We try to reduce or eliminate uncertainties in ...

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4. ARMS AND AFFLUENCE

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pp. 63-81

Whatever happened to World War III? For almost forty years, two great military alliances faced off across a line drawn through the center of a middling-sized peninsula, ready to destroy the world at a moment’s notice in order to save it. John Lewis Gaddis (1987) called ...

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5. MARKETS, THE STATE, AND WAR

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pp. 83-106

According to a study published in 1995 by the World Bank, the “Wars of the next century will be over water” (The Economist 1995b).1 Perhaps. Such warnings are not new. By now, the invocation of “water wars” is a commonplace, as a search of any bibliographic database ...

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6. THE SOCIAL CONTRACTION

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pp. 107-132

Since the end of the Cold War, culture and identity have become prominent explanatory variables in international politics (see, e.g., Lapid and Kratochwil, 1996). Among the proponents of this notion are Benjamin Barber (1995), Robert Kaplan (1996), and Francis Fukuyama ...

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7. THE PRINC(IPAL)

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pp. 132-154

On March 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan appeared on American television to announce the end of the nuclear threat. A new military program, designed to protect the country against the possibility of a first-strike attack by Soviet nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, was about to ...

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8. POLITICS AMONG PEOPLE

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pp. 155-182

The pictures I have painted throughout this book are none too attractive; they might be pleasing to the logical eye but cannot be very appealing to the emotional one. Yet, such scenes of gloom, doom, conflict, war (and “liberal” peace; Lipschutz, 1999a) do not encompass ...

Notes

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pp. 183-195

Bibliography

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pp. 197-219

Index

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pp. 221-242


E-ISBN-13: 9780791492628
E-ISBN-10: 0791492621
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791445617
Print-ISBN-10: 0791445615

Page Count: 242
Publication Year: 2000

Series Title: SUNY series in Global Politics
Series Editor Byline: James N. Rosenau