Global Order and Global Disorder: Globalization and the Nation-state

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 206 pages

Is the world entering a period of breakdown or breakthrough? As Suter makes clear, globalization is reducing the role of national governments, but it is not yet clear what will follow the current world order. He explains the process of globalization and uses the technique of scenario planning to examine alternative forms of global order and disorder.

The current world order is ending. The old order has been based on nation-states, or countries, with centralized national governments. As Keith Suter makes clear, the process of globalization, which is now the most important factor in world politics, is undermining that world order and leading to world disorder. Globalization is the process of the erosion of the nation-state as the basic unit of world politics, the declining power of national governments, and the reduced significance of national boundaries.

Global change is running ahead of governments' abilities to manage it. Economics is only a part of that process. Suter also deals with other vital concerns: war, crime, environment, and health. Therefore, while Suter examines the growth and impact of transnational corporations, he also takes in many other matters that comprise globalization. The process of globalization is not reversible. Therefore, there has to be a search for a new order rather than vain efforts to patch up the system of the nation-states. Suter concludes by exploring alternatives to the current world order using the technique of scenario planning. A provocative analysis that will be of interest to scholars, students, researchers, and the general public concerned with international relations, law, and economic issues.

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Global Order and Global Disorder
The Rise of the Old World Order The NationState System
The Weaknesses of the NationState System
The New Global Actors
The Characteristics of Globalization
Thinking About the Future The Value of Scenario Planning
Four Worldviews on Globalization
Ready for Change
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KEITH SUTER is Senior Fellow, Global Business Network Australia, Chairperson of the Environment Committee of the Australian Institue of Company Directors, and Director of Studies, International Law Association (Australian Branch). Among his earlier books is In Defense of Globalization (2001).

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