Inequality is becoming an urgent issue of world politics at the end of the twentieth century. Globalization is not only exacerbating the gap between rich and poor in the world but is also further dividing those states and peoples that have political power and influence from those without. While the powerful shape more `global' rules and norms about investment, military security, environmental and social policy and the like, the less powerful are becoming `rule-takers', often of rules or norms they cannot or will not enforce. The consequences for world politics are profound. The evidence presented in Inequality, Globalization, and World Politics suggests that globalization is creating sharper, more urgent problems for states and
international institutions to deal with. Yet at the same time, investigations into eight core areas of world politics suggest that growing inequality is reducing the capacity of governments and existing international organizations to manage these problems effectively. The eight areas surveyed include: international order, international law, welfare and social policy, global justice, regionalism and multilateralism, environmental protection, gender equality, military power, and security.
Readership: Scholars and students in international relations, development studies, and geography. Commentators on international affairs and policy-related analysts
Edited by Andrew Hurrell, Fellow in International Relations, Nuffield College, Oxford, and Ngaire Woods, Fellow in Politics, University College, Oxford
"This volume provides a wide range of perspectives on inequality, which is more and more at the core of world politics." - Journal of Peace Research
"well written ... the book should be among the required reading lists for graduate students studying global change." - Jnl of Global Social Policy.
"There are so many books on globalization that a new one should have something distinctive to say in order to justify its publication ... This edited volume more than justifies its existence and is of a consistently high standard." - Paul Hirst, Int. & Global Political Economy, Economics & Development.
"This edited volume ... is of a consistently high standard. It focuses on an issue that has been relatively neglected in the globalization literature: the close connection between economic internationalization and the growth of inequality within and between nations." - Paul Hirst, The Royal Inst. of Int. Affairs, Vol.76, No.4, Oct 00.
"This book is helpful because it sees inequality as a continuing and structural problem and yet does not exhibit the hostility to growing international trade of many anti-globalization protesters ... It is also valuable in putting open-ended analysis before instant policy solutions." - Paul Hirst, The Royal Inst. of Int. Affairs, Vol.76, No.4, Oct 00.
"The book can be read by non-experts and is written without jargon." - Paul Hirst, The Royal Inst. of Int. Affairs, Vol.76, No. 4, Oct. 00.
1: Ngaire Woods: Order, Globalization, and Inequality
2: Charles Oman: Globalization, Regionalization, and Inequality
3: Benedict Kingsbury: Sovereignty and Inequality
4: Christine Chinkin: Gender Inequality and International Human Rights Law
5: Michael Redclift and Colin Sage: Resources, Environmental Degradation, and Inequality
6: Frances Stewart and Albert Berry: Globalization, Liberalization, and Inequality: Expectations and Experience
7: David Miller: Justice and Global Inequality
8: Bob Deacon: Social Policy in a Global Context
9: Andrew Hurrell: Security and Inequality