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On Humane Governance

Toward a New Global Politics

Richard Falk

BUY

304 pages
6" × 9"
1995
Co-published with Polity Press

On Humane Governance

Toward a New Global Politics

Richard Falk

This book contends that the forces of late modernism are being caught between a capital-driven globalization and a territorially rooted revival of tribalism and ultra-nationalism. Its critical focus is on global structures that are producing new patterns of North/South and rich/poor domination, as well as exerting dangerous pressures on the carrying capacities of the planet.

 

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This book contends that the forces of late modernism are being caught between a capital-driven globalization and a territorially rooted revival of tribalism and ultra-nationalism. Its critical focus is on global structures that are producing new patterns of North/South and rich/poor domination, as well as exerting dangerous pressures on the carrying capacities of the planet.

Richard Falk argues that any hopeful response to these threatening developments requires the fundamental revision of such basic ideas as sovereignty, democracy, and security. These organizing conceptions of political life are being reshaped during this era of transition from a state-centric world of geopolitics to a more centrally guided world of geogovernance. He contends that geogovernance will have adverse consequences for the human condition unless it can be mainly constructed by transnational democratic forces animated by a vision of humane governance. This volume was written for the Global Civilization Project of the World Order Models Project (WOMP), an international group of scholars formed to think creatively about legal and political structures adequate to the needs of the modern world.

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University. He is a recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education Prize. Among his most recent publications are Explorations at the Edge of Time: The Prospects for World Order (1992), Revitalizing International Law (1989), and Revolutionaries and Functionaries: The Dual Face of Terrorism (1988).

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