Globalization and Other Stories

Philip G. Cerny

in Rethinking World Politics

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733699
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776740 | DOI:
Globalization and Other Stories

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This chapter looks back at the question of paradigms in the study of politics, both domestic and international, and global politics. It argues that the paradigms that have been dominant in political science and international relations, although they have served well up to a point, have been undermined by structural developments and patterns of political action over many decades, particularly since the middle of the 20th century and increasingly as we get further into the 21st; what is generally referred to as the process of globalization. What Kuhn called “normal science” is continually being challenged and undermined by a fundamental transformation referred to as “world politics.” World politics not only crosses over between the international and domestic levels of analysis but also involves a process of interaction and semi-fusion of the two supposedly distinct levels which, however uneven and continually evolving, is fundamentally transforming the way we understand how the world works. In attempting to explain globalization, therefore, a new paradigm is needed: transnational neopluralism.

Keywords: globalization; world politics; domestic politics; neopluralism

Chapter.  6905 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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