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Along the Domestic-Foreign Frontier: Exploring Governance in by James N. Rosenau

By James N. Rosenau

James N. Rosenau explores the large alterations which are at present reworking international affairs. He argues that the dynamics of financial globalization, new applied sciences, and evolving worldwide norms are clashing with both strong localizing dynamics. The ensuing encounters among assorted pursuits and actors are rendering family and international affairs ever extra porous and making a political area, special because the "Frontier," in which the search for keep watch over in international politics is joined. He contends that it truly is alongside the Frontier, and never within the overseas enviornment, that concerns are contested and the process occasions configured.

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9 Skolnikoff, Elusive Transformation, p. 7. For similar ambivalent expressions in which states are conceived to have undergone profound changes that nevertheless have not altered their role and competence, see Robert Gilpin, War and Change in World Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981), p. 7; Alan James and Robert H. Jackson, "The Character of Independent Statehood/' in A. H. ), States in a Changing World: A Contemporary Analysis (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), pp. 5-8; Stephen D.

R i c h a r d Falk, On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics ( U n i v e r s i t y P a r k : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995), pp. 9-14. Andrew Dunsire, "Modes of Governance," in J. ), Modern Governance: New Government-Society Interactions (London: Sage Publications, 1993), p. 31. James Atlas, "Name That Era: Pinpointing a Moment on the Map of History," New York Times (March 19,1995), sect. 4, p. 1. 26 What is needed, in short, is a terminology that suggests neither a relationship nor a pecking order but, rather, calls attention to the basic processes on which the emergent worldview is founded and enables interested citizens as well as those charged with the tasks of governance to remain sensitive to its underlying dynamics.

It requires a continuing appreciation that the dynamics of change persist even as one senses progress toward comprehending their sources and consequences. It asks one to remain in awe of the complexities of human affairs and the sheer craziness involved in trying to tease a semblance of order out of them. The response of analysts to the end of the Cold War offers a good illustration of the difficulties of clinging to puzzlement and awe. One would think, given the stunning collapse of the superpower rivalry and the Soviet Union, that humility and a sense of awe might have reached new heights among students of world affairs.

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