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Order, Globalization, and Inequality in World Politics

Ngaire Woods

in Inequality, Globalization, and World Politics

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295662
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599521 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295669.003.0002
 Order, Globalization, and Inequality in World Politics

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Defines inequality and traces its changing position on the world political agenda. Traditional conceptions of world order tend to entrench inequality as a necessary concomitant of stability, but the 1970s saw the emergence of a normative challenge based on economic justice and a growing awareness of global poverty. With the advent of globalization in the 1990s, the problem of inequality has acquired new dimensions, requiring solutions that threaten to intrude on domestic jurisdictions. The present dilemma for powerful states is whether to accept the loss of some of their power in order to gain the benefits of stronger international institutions, or to maintain traditional power hierarchies even at the cost of threatened instabilities.

Keywords: inequality; globalization; world politics

Chapter.  10395 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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