By Martin Shaw
The significant target of this publication is to investigate even if [or now not] the worldwide constitutes a primary problem to the social-scientific examine of politics, together with the constitution of disciplines and the department of work among them.
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World system methodology is also irreconcilable with the conventions of international relations and associated subfields such as international political economy. Inherent in the concept ‘inter-national’ are territorialist assumptions: (a) that world politics is a question of interactions and interdependence between countries (especially their ‘sovereign’ governments); and (b) that state borders always delineate the foremost social unit. International relations and international political economy arbitrarily place the primary emphasis on international space, giving only secondary if any attention to globality, regionality, nationality and locality.
It is possible that despite its increasing cheapness transport may become more and more redundant as actual physical movement becomes less necessary. Perhaps the present heyday of the international academic conference may pass. The complex forms of data which cannot be readily handled by speech can be conveyed directly from computer screen to computer screen anywhere in the world. For technophobes, there is always the fax. The changes over the last ten years have been remarkable. We can only speculate, perhaps rather nervously, about what the next ten or twenty years may have in store.
There is nothing in the free-market mechanism which will automatically bring it about. Thirdly, economic actors have great power and their relative power over states it increasing. Lord Acton’s aphorism applies to economic actors as well as any other: ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. One weakness of the classical economic liberal position is its neglect of power in its analysis of economic actors. These difficulties come because, though we have a high level of internationalisation and globalisation, international governance is weak.
Politics and Globalisation: Knowledge, Ethics and Agency (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Politics, Number 8) by Martin Shaw