A Theory of World Politics by Mathias Albert

By Mathias Albert

During this ebook, Mathias Albert develops an formidable theoretical framework that describes international politics as a selected social method set in the wider political procedure of worldwide society. Albert's research of the ancient evolution and modern kind of global politics takes the idea of social differentiation as its start line. global politics is a selected, really contemporary type of politics and Albert exhibits how the improvement of a unique method of global politics first all started in the course of the lengthy 19th century. The publication is going directly to establish different varieties of social differentiation that underlie the range of latest varieties of organizing political authority in international politics. utilising sociological and ancient views, A thought of worldwide Politics additionally displays severely on its relation to money owed of global politics within the box of diplomacy and should entice a large readership in more than a few fields.

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The three dimensions of world referred to here are the phenomenological (1), the structural (2) and the semantic (3). As far as the notion of world society in particular is concerned, distinguishing between these three dimensions is a way of trying to defuse a basic tension inherent in the notion from the start. On the one hand, it can hardly be denied that, with the full discovery of the globe, it became impossible in a strict sense to speak of world societies in the plural (an observation which underlies Luhmann’s notion of world society).

While a single world society in the phenomenological sense comes into existence with the full discovery of the globe, it is characterised more by the possibility of global connectivity than by actual global connections established on a regular basis. However, it is important to emphasise at this point that the establishment of actual connections over large geographical distances is only one side of the coin. The fact that communication could, in principle, connect with or reach out to all other communication does not mean the actual establishment of a particular number of connections.

Part i World society theory International relations (IR), sociology and history are mutually enriching disciplines (see Hobson 2002: 13; programmatically, see also Buzan and Lawson 2013). While the present study is quite ambitious in its crossing of disciplinary boundaries, it is also very restrained in the sense that it is certainly not a project for a ‘world sociology’ (Hobson and Hobden 2002: 271ff). Its main theoretical reference points are the theory of social differentiation, systems theory and the theory of social evolution applied to the specific realm of world politics.

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