Constructing world culture: international nongovernmental by John Boli, George M. Thomas

By John Boli, George M. Thomas

This e-book illuminates the primary function performed through foreign nongovernmental firms (INGOs) within the emergence and improvement of a complete international polity. The individuals argue that the big proliferation of INGOs on the grounds that 1875—including foreign environmental corporations, human rights teams, our bodies shaped to manage technical criteria, and monetary improvement enterprises, between others—both displays and contributes to the unfold of worldwide associations and cultural ideas in keeping with types of rationality, individualism, growth, and universalism. The members distinction this world-polity viewpoint to different methods to knowing globalization, together with realist and neo-realist analyses within the box of diplomacy, and world-system idea and interstate pageant thought in sociology.The quantity considers transnational organizing as a ancient strategy of the production of worldwide principles and norms, altering over the years, that experience identifiable results on social association on the nationwide and native degrees. The chapters supply empirical aid for this process, settling on particular mechanisms that translate international cultural assumptions and prescriptions into neighborhood social job, corresponding to the production of country companies, the formula of presidency rules, and the emergence of social pursuits. the 1st a part of the e-book offers with social move INGOs, together with environmental teams, women’s rights enterprises, the Esperanto circulation, and the overseas purple move. the second one half treats technical and monetary our bodies, together with the overseas association for Standardization, inhabitants coverage teams, improvement corporations, and foreign specialist technological know-how institutions.

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A broad agenda has been opened up by the world-polity approach, and we allow ourselves the Page 6 immodesty of suggesting that it offers one of the most fruitful fields of global investigation currently available to scholars. Unlike most edited volumes, all of the chapters in this book work from a common theoretical perspective and are closely related to one another by a common orientation to empirical research. Some chapters explicitly evaluate empirical evidence that bears on the competing predictions of world-polity institutionalism in comparison with the other global perspectives.

Judge was more than helpful in our correspondence with him about the Union's data-gathering process, and his willingness to share an electronic extract of the INGO database with us was a more than pleasant surprise. Without the remarkable efforts of the UIA, and the rich Yearbook that it has so faithfully produced for so long, most of the research reflected in this volume would not have been possible. CONTENTS Contributors xi Introduction JOHN BOLI AND GEORGE M THOMAS 1 Part One: International Nongovernmental Organizations in the World Polity 1.

Our endeavors eventually sparked a number of studies of different sectors of INGO activity, most of which are represented in this book. As we tried to interpret the massive growth of INGOs, the range of activities they undertake, and the types of goals they pursue, we found that existing theories of global structures and systems left much to be desired. INGOs, and the world-cultural principles and models they embody, have Page 3 very little presence in the dominant social-scientific approaches to international and global analysis.

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