Rowman and Littlefield International


An Overview

By Danilo Zolo

Examines the main issues that are generally dealt with under the term 'globalisation'.

Paperback ISBN: 9780955248825 Release date: Jun 2007
£19.20 €26.40 $36.00

Pages: 108

ECPR Press


In these pages the author has mapped out the main issues that are generally dealt with under the term 'globalisation'. His reason for doing so, quite simply, is that, with certain provisos, he believes this is a useful and important term that is all too often subject to rhetorical and ideological misuse. By analysing the concepts involved and clarifying some of the theoretical issues, he hopes to contribute to curbing such misuse.

At a more profound level, the author would like to help readers make a critical appraisal of the vast array of books that take 'globalisation' as a paradigm for the contemporary human situation. Globalisation is often used as an extremely general ordinative and explanatory concept, able on its own to give meaning, whether positive or negative, to the current transition to the third millennium. In reality, the processes involved in globalisation are highly complex and affect clearly differentiated social spheres, including the economy, mass communications, domestic and international affairs, ecology, law and military strategy


Preface vii

Chapter one: Defining globalisation 1

Chapter two: Apologists and critics 6

Chapter three: The globalised economy 14

Chapter four: Information revolution and global culture 27

Chapter five: An imperial cosmopolis? 37

Chapter six: The global legal space 48

Chapter seven: The transformations of war 62

Conclusions 75

Bibliography 79

Name index 93

Subject index 95

Danilo Zolo is professor of Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of International Law at the University of Florence. He has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford.

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