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What happens to politics in the postmodern condition? The Politics of Postmodernity is a political tour de force that addresses this key contemporary question. Politics in postmodernity is carefully contextualized by relating its specific sphere - the polity - to those of the economic, social, technological and cultural. The authors confront globalization and the notion of postmodernity as disorganized capitalism. They analyze the role of the mass media, the changing ways in which politics is used, the role of the state and the progressive potential of politics in postmodern times. Closing with a postscript on the future of the discipline of political science, this book offers a profound yet highly accessible account

The New State, Transnationalism and the International Order
The new state, transnationalism and the international order

Postmodernization and globalization processes are changing the nature of the territorial nation state as well as changing values and political institutions. In this chapter we will examine these processes and their implications for the state and its sub-system, the welfare state. We argue that the old political order around the state is melting and that the restructuring process produces a variety of interlinking and overlapping political authorities. We especially analyse the emergence of the non-territorial transnational political authority and the territorial ‘new state’ (cf. Gibbins 1990).

The new state is both a response to postmodern societal changes and a reaction to the external processes of globalization. Restructuring builds upon Giddens' (1984) ...

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