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Obstacles to a world state in the shadow of the world market

Jessop, Bob (2012) Obstacles to a world state in the shadow of the world market. Cooperation and Conflict, 47 (2). pp. 200-219. ISSN 1460-361

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This article explores the obstacles to the development and operation of a world state that are rooted in functional differentiation of modern societies, the ecological dominance of the broadly capitalist world market, and the inherent tendencies of all forms of governance to fail. It also highlights the challenges to the temporal as well as territorial sovereignty of states, whatever their scale of operation, due to the acceleration as well as globalization of social relations. Combining insights from Niklas Luhmann and Karl Marx, the article develops some novel arguments about multi-spatial metagovernance as an alternative approach to the problems posed by a world state as the guarantor of global social order.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cooperation and Conflict
Uncontrolled Keywords: world society ; Marx ; Luhmann ; world state ; governance ; world market
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 55142
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2012 10:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 05:26
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