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Cosmopolis : prospects for world government / Danilo Zolo ; translated from the Italian by David McKie
Bib ID 3043085
Format BookBook
Author
Zolo, Danilo
 
Uniform Title Cosmopolis. English
Description Cambridge, U.K. ; Cambridge, MA : Polity Press, 1997 
xviii, 197 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0745613004 (acid-free paper) (alkaline paper) (plpc)
0745613012 (acid-free paper) (alkaline paper) (paperback)
Summary

This book is 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 a 'weak interventionism' and 'weak pacifism' which relies on self-organization, coordination and negotiation.

Full contents
  • 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 'Weak Pacifism'.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-190) and index.

Subjects Security, International.  |  International relations.  |  International police.  |  Negotiation.  |  Self-organizing systems.

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