Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government

Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government

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By (author) Danilo Zolo

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  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 230mm x 18mm | 331g
  • Publication date: 25 February 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0745613012
  • ISBN 13: 9780745613017
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,608,249

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This volume makes a challenging critique of the idea of Cosmopolis, the idea of world or global' government. In recent years this idea has been put forward as a way of averting the threat of war and international disorder, and as a way of avoiding the destruction of the planet. Proponents of this idea call for a radical reform of the United Nations which aims to legitimize this institution as an international police force and as a provider of global justice. Zolo criticizes this new cosmopolitan philosophy and rejects the idea of trying to eliminate international conflict through the use of centralized and superior military force. He seeks instead to develop a conception of international relations which takes account of their pluralistic, dynamic and conflicting nature. This conception moves away from the logic of hierarchical centralization, which dominates the UN Charter, and towards the logic of weak interventionism' and weak pacifism' which relies on self-organization, co-ordination and negotiation. Timely, provocative and iconoclastic, Cosmopolis is an important contribution to current debates in politics, international relations and social and political theory.

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a A provocative and convincing argument.a Foreign Affairs

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This volume makes a challenging critique of the idea of Cosmopolis - that is, the idea of world or 'global' government. In recent years this idea has been put forward as a way of averting the threat of war and international disorder, and as a way of avoiding the destruction of the planet. Proponents of this idea call for a radical reform of the United Nations which aims to legitimize this institution as an international police force and as a provider of global justice. Zolo criticizes this new cosmopolitan philosophy and rejects the idea of trying to eliminate international conflict through the use of centralized and superior military force. He seeks instead to develop a conception of international relations which takes account of their pluralistic, dynamic and conflictual nature. This conception moves away from the logic of hierarchical centralization, which so dominates the UN Charter, and towards the logic of 'weak interventionism' and 'weak pacifism' which relies on self-organization, co-ordination and negotiation. Timely, provocative and iconoclastic, "Cosmopolis" is an important contribution to current debates in politics, international relations and social and political theory.

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. The Cosmopolitan Model of the Holy Alliance. 2. The Gulf War: The First Cosmopolitan War. 3. The Blind Alleys of International Ethics. 4. Civitas Maxima and Cosmopolitan Law. 5. Towards a a Weak Pacifisma . Conclusion. Postscript to the English Edition. Select Bibliography. Index.