The State in a Globalizing World

Philip G. Cerny

in Rethinking World Politics

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733699
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776740 | DOI:
The State in a Globalizing World

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This chapter considers the continuing but also continually changing role of the state and of state actors in this context. It argues that state actors, in having to operate on increasingly multi-level, multi-modal playing fields, are less and less guided by the requirements of reinforcing, defending, and building autonomous states, and more and more guided by the need to politick, to network, to make effective policies, and to refashion state and international apparatuses themselves, not only to reflect global realities but also to pursue their own interests, values, and political projects more effectively. In other words, what the French social philosopher Michel Foucault called raison d'État — or “reason of state,” the dominant governmental rationality of the modern world — is increasingly ceding primacy to raison du monde, “global reasoning,” or a rationality rooted in globalization and transnationalization, whatever the playing field actors are operating on.

Keywords: globalization; state; raison d'État; raison du monde

Chapter.  7981 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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