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Deliberative Global Politics: Discourse and Democracy in a by John S. Dryzek

By John S. Dryzek

Contending discourses underlie a few of the worlds so much intractable conflicts, generating distress and violence. this can be very true within the post-9/11 international. although, contending discourses may also open the best way to larger discussion in international civil society and throughout states and overseas firms. This chance holds even for the main murderous different types of conflicts in deeply divided societies.In this well timed and unique e-book, John Dryzek examines significant modern conflicts by way of clashing discourses. subject matters lined contain the alleged conflict of civilizations; societies divided via ethnicity, nationality, or faith; fiscal globalization as opposed to resistance; plus an in-depth dialogue of the 'war on terror'. Dryzek concludes by means of highlighting the constraints of present neoconservative and cosmopolitan methods, arguing that in simple terms deliberative worldwide politics deals extraordinary new chances for democratic engagement within the overseas system.This booklet could be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

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The differences between civilizations are presumably very old, so one question is why exactly should this clash now move to the forefront of international affairs? Part of Huntington's 29 Clash of Civilizations to Engagement of Discourses answer is the decline of the clash of ideologies that ordered so many conflicts during the Cold War. The other part is mod­ ernization, which Huntington is careful to distinguish from Westernization. Modernization involves technological change and increasing levels of literacy and education, intensifying interactions between civilizations.

Such discourses may of course be more pervasive in some parts of the world than others, and some of them are tied by their opponents to particular civilizations. So, for example, Lee Kwan Yew would see the rights discourse as essentially Western (but happily accept globalization as universal). The leadership of the Chinese Communist Party might 37 Clash of Civilizations to Engagement of Discourses say the same about democracy. But none of these discourses specifies civilization-specific attributes as part of its core ontology.

But are such internal contests confined to the West? Is there something unique about the West that makes such internal contest possible, while it is not possible in other civi­ lizations? Or could it be that it is the forces of modernization that make such internal contests more likely? If the latter case holds, then, on Huntington's own account, these contests ought also to become more likely in other civilizations. Hunt­ ington recognizes such conflicts, but treats them as problems that need to be overcome - and he implies the only solution is for a society to find its proper civilization home.

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