Power in a Complex Global System
Power in a Complex Global System is drawn from papers delivered at a conference honoring the distinguished political scientist Peter J. Katzenstein.
In dialogue with one another, the chapters are organized around two fundamental questions: Can twenty-first-century global challenges be met through the limited adaptation of existing structures of political authority and prevailing systemic norms, or is a more fundamental reconstitution necessary? Are the stresses now evident in the domestic compacts underpinning advanced societies (let alone failed and failing states) significantly more serious than in the past and capable of undermining the fundamental policy capacity of existing states and the collective instruments created by them? These questions, revolving around long-standing debates on the nature and purpose of power, are addressed at national, regional, and international levels of governance. The authors highlight points of continuity as well as fundamental change in essays that examine vitally important contemporary policy challenges in historical and comparative context.
It will be of great interest to students and scholars in international organization, global governance, foreign policy-making, and comparative politics.