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Philip G. Cerny

In: Power in Contemporary Politics: Theories, Practices, Globalizations

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Globalization and the Disarticulation of Political Power: Towards a New Middle Ages?
Globalization and the disarticulation of political power: Towards a new middle ages?
Philip G.Cerny
Political Power from the Centripetal State to Durable Disorder

The very foundations of the way power works are being dramatically transformed today by wider changes in the nature of economy and society. In the modern era – broadly speaking, over the past 300 years – world politics has been characterized by the structural dominance of one level of political organization, the nation-state. Other levels of political organization, whether endogenous (i.e., domestic political systems) or exogenous (i.e., the international system or states system), have crystallized around or through the Janus-faced state. The very notion of political power itself has issued from and depended ...

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