Contesting Global Order: Development, Global Governance and Globalization (BOK)
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Few authors have sought to explain the links among development, global governance, and globalization, "Contesting Global Order" traces dominant values and patterns on a world level over the last half century. Featuring a framing introduction written for the volume, this book brings together for the first time James H. Mittelman's most influential works, offering cross-regional analysis, and including fieldwork in nine countries in Africa and Asia. In essays spanning a lifetime of research, Mittelman explores mechanisms by which prevailing knowledge about global order brings up deep tensions: chiefly, the impetus for development and global governance embodies aspirations for attaining wellbeing and upholding human dignity; yet market- and state-driven globalization embraces basic ideas implicated in power, thus increasing vulnerability and making the world more insecure. Rather than exalt one element in this quandary over another, Mittelman spells out how different aspects of this relationship collide. Examining specific cases, international organizations, and social movements, this grounded study unveils evolving structures that shape our times. It projects scenarios for future global order and how to make it work for the have-nots. Resisting being pigeon-holed in any one school of thought, Mittelman forges a critical perspective throughout this collection, his reflections cutting against conventions in international studies and, more generally, global order. This volume will be of great interest to all scholars of global governance, international organisations and development.