Following on his 1990 book, Turbulence in World Politics, the author argues that the way in which we understand international politics must change due to a number of long-term shifts in underlying conditions. These include such factors as the "skill revolution" that makes the public around the world much more resistant to authority and better able to organize, changes in information technology, the explosion in the number of nongovernmental actors, the erosion of sovereignty, and the breakdown of clear boundaries between domestic and foreign. Some of Rosenau's most interesting arguments concern the fact that international governance no longer necessarily centers on nation-states hammering out broad international agreements but can bubble up from below, where private-sector and nongovernmental players have a large role.
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