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Time for democracy

kimberly Hutchings

in Time and World Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719073021
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719073021.003.0005
Time for democracy

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This chapter focuses on two alternative diagnoses of the time of contemporary world politics: firstly, arguments that suggest the end of the Cold War marks a stage on the way to the transformation of international political community towards a cosmopolitan world order; secondly, Hardt's and Negri's post-Marxist thesis of empire and counter-empire. It examines Habermas's reinterpretation of Kant's idea of perpetual peace, and a range of arguments about post-Westphalian world politics as a time in which some version of cosmopolitanism may become possible globally at elite or grassroots levels. It explores an account of the de-centring of political authority away from its locus in the state in the globalisation of bio-power, and the resistance that this creates in the process. It also evaluates the resources offered by these theories for analysing and judging the present, and the ways in which those resources depend on temporal assumptions.

Keywords: contemporary world politics; Cold War; post-Marxist thesis; counter-empire; cosmopolitanism; Negri

Chapter.  10953 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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