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The New International Environment

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066750.003.0001
The New International Environment

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This chapter analyses the changing world environment due to globalization. It discusses the impact of globalization on the notion of the Westphalian state. It argues that both terrorism and global capital are inherently biased against the Westphalian order, although one is opposed to the other. It also assesses the role of epistemic communities in promoting local identities, as well as the emergence of global environmental problems of climate change, biodiversity, and desertification. While climate change has implications for a global public good that transcends nation-state boundaries, the Conventions of Biodiversity and Hazardous Wastes Movements deal with global public goods that are confined within the boundaries of the nation-state. This chapter argues that plurality and diversity are key to world order and that local communities have a role to play by generating local responses to globalization and highlighting their identities.

Keywords: Conventions of Biodiversity and Hazardous Wastes Movements; globalization; climate change; Westphalian state; terrorism; global capital; biodiversity; desertification; public goods; plurality

Chapter.  4615 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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