Power in the Global Age: A New Global Political Economy

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This brilliant new book by one of Europe's leading social thinkers develops a far-reaching analysis of the social, economic and political transformations of the modern age. For centuries the nation-state has provided the principal framework of power in the modern world and the basis of legitimate domination, but today this is changing. How should we conceptualize a world and a set of global dynamics in which the nation-state order is being increasingly undermined?

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"Ulrich Beck is one of the most important social theorists of ourtime. In Power in the Global Age he provides an insightfuland rigorous theoretical framework to analyze the new forms ofpower and counter-power in the global sphere. It shows therelevance of theory for understanding the major political conflictsthat are reshaping our world. It will be mandatory reading inuniversities everywhere."

-- Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, LosAngeles


"In this fascinating new book Ulrich Beck develops further amanifesto of, and for, a cosmopolitan world. Especially importantis his attempt to decipher and characterize the architecture ofcosmopolitan states and civil society. This major book may well dofor 'cosmopolitan society' what Beck's earlier works did fordeciphering the nature of 'risk society'."

-- John Urry, Lancaster University

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This brilliant new book by one of Europe's leading social thinkersthrows light on the global power games being played out betweenglobal business, nation states and movements rooted in civilsociety. Beck offers an illuminating account of the changing natureof power in the global age and assesses the influence of theever-expanding counter-powers.


The author puts forward the provocative thesis that in an age ofglobal crises and risks, a politics of "golden handcuffs" - thecreation of a dense network of transnational interdependencies - isexactly what is needed in order to regain national autonomy, notleast in relation to a highly mobile world economy. It isimperative that the maxim of nation-based realpolitik - thatnational interests have necessarily to be pursued by national means- be replaced by the maxim of cosmopolitan realpolitik. The morecosmopolitan our political structures and activities, Becksuggests, the more successful they will be in promoting nationalinterests, and the greater our individual power in this global agewill be.

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