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Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership

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Stephen Gill, Nicola Short, A. Claire Cutler, Tim Di Muzio, Richard A. Falk, Hilal Elver, Solomon R. Benatar, Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Upendra Baxi, Teivo Teivainen, Ingar Solty, Adam Harmes
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  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139181327

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  • This groundbreaking collection on global leadership features innovative and critical perspectives by scholars from international relations, political economy, medicine, law and philosophy, from North and South. The book's novel theorization of global leadership is situated historically within the classics of modern political theory and sociology, relating it to the crisis of global capitalism today. Contributors reflect on the multiple political, economic, social, ecological and ethical crises that constitute our current global predicament. The book suggests that there is an overarching condition of global organic crisis, which shapes the political and organizational responses of the dominant global leadership and of various subaltern forces. Contributors argue that to meaningfully address the challenges of the global crisis will require far more effective, inclusive and legitimate forms of global leadership and global governance than have characterized the neoliberal era.

    • Proposes novel concept of global leadership and organic crisis as a way of understanding the present overarching condition of world order, its modes of dominance and resistance
    • Forges an innovative method and entirely new research program on the conditions of global leadership and twenty-first-century power relations in light of the challenges of global crises
    • Develops a wide-ranging and innovative approach to the exploration of subaltern forces in harnessing alternative organizational forms to counter and displace dominant strategies of rule
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This book provides an insightful Gramscian analysis of the forms of privately-baded expert leadership that characterizes the current global order. The authors explore the weak material foundation of this leadership - made evident by climate change, water shortages, and the end of cheap oil - and they point to the emergence of new potential sources of global leadership in professions (such as medicine) and a new global network of courts committed to a broad interpretation of human rights, in global social movements, and in the transformation-oriented traditions of a politically energized Islam.”
    Craig Murphy, University of Massachusetts Boston

    “In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary volume, radical political economist Stephen Gill and his collaborators trace the economic, political, social and ecological crisis-tendencies within contemporary global capitalism and trace their ramifications for emergent forms of political agency and leadership both in the global North and the global South. This book is an essential contribution to our understanding of global neoliberalism - and to the ongoing work of envisioning, and forging, alternatives to it.”
    Neil Brenner, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    "However ambitious it is, this book’s intention to contribute not only to theory-making, but also to the transformation of reality, is much welcome in the political science literature, which has long neglected its potential to inspire change … Overall, neo-Gramscians approaches are not new to international relations, but this volume strengthens their added value."
    Manoela Assayag, Swiss Political Science Review

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139181327
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Concepts of Global Leadership and Dominant Strategies:
    1. Leaders and led in an era of global crises Stephen Gill
    2. Leadership, neoliberal governance and global economic crisis: a Gramscian analysis Nicola Short
    3. Private transnational governance and the crisis of global leadership A. Claire Cutler
    Part II. Changing Material Conditions of Existence and Global Leadership – Energy, Climate Change and Water:
    4. The crisis of petro-market civilization – the past as prologue? Tim Di Muzio
    5. Global climate change, human security, and the future of democracy Richard A. Falk
    6. The emerging global freshwater crisis and the privatization of global leadership Hilal Elver
    Part III. Global Leadership Ethics, Crises and Subaltern Forces:
    7. Global leadership, ethics and global health – the search for new paradigms Solomon R. Benatar
    8. Global leadership and the Islamic world – crisis, contention and challenge Mustapha Kamal Pasha
    9. Public and insurgent reason – adjudicatory leadership in a hyper-globalizing world Upendra Baxi
    Part IV. Prospects for Alternative Forms of Global Leadership:
    10. Global democratization without hierarchy or leadership? The world social forum in the capitalist world Teivo Teivainen
    11. After neoliberalism – left versus right projects of leadership in the global crisis Ingar Solty
    12. Crises, social forces and the future of global governance – implications for progressive strategy Adam Harmes
    13. Organic crisis, global leadership and progressive alternatives Stephen Gill.

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    • Social Theory and Cultural Analysis
  • Editor

    Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto
    Stephen Gill is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University, Toronto and a former Distinguished Scholar in International Political Economy of the International Studies Association. His publications include The Global Political Economy (with David Law, 1988), American Hegemony and the Trilateral Commission (Cambridge University Press, 1991), Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations (as editor, Cambridge University Press, 1993), Power, Production and Social Reproduction (with Isabella Bakker, 2003) and Power and Resistance in the New World Order (2003, and second edition 2008).


    Stephen Gill, Nicola Short, A. Claire Cutler, Tim Di Muzio, Richard A. Falk, Hilal Elver, Solomon R. Benatar, Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Upendra Baxi, Teivo Teivainen, Ingar Solty, Adam Harmes

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