The Globalization Of Politics: The Changed Focus Of Political Action In The Modern World

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The Globalization Of Politics: The Changed Focus Of Political Action In The Modern World

By Evan Luard
New York University Press, 1990
195 pp. $35.00
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The welfare of individuals, the author contends, no longer depends on the actions of their own governments but on international bodies taking action collectively. This thesis is developed by examining the role of a wide range of institutions, from the IMF and World Bank to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which deal with such fundamentals as the environment, redistribution of wealth, security and human rights. In his carefully reasoned analysis, Luard pushes the concept of "globalization" to its outer limits, concentrating on his vision of the future more than the present situation in which states still cling to their sovereignty. Realism comes through in the discussion of the need to move away from "one state equals one vote" in some international organizations toward a system of weighted voting, if these institutions are to become more effective.

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