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

By James N. Rosenau

James N. Rosenau explores the big alterations which are presently remodeling global affairs. He argues that the dynamics of monetary globalization, new applied sciences, and evolving international norms are clashing with both robust localizing dynamics. The ensuing encounters among diversified pursuits and actors are rendering family and overseas affairs ever extra porous and making a political area, detailed because the "Frontier," in which the search for regulate in international politics is joined. He contends that it's alongside the Frontier, and never within the overseas enviornment, that concerns are contested and the process occasions configured.

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There can be no descriptions or interpretations that are not anchored in some larger context, vague and contradictory as that context may be. 3 To be sure, given enough puzzles and anomalies that persist and cumulate, it is possible to modify one's worldview, or even to exchange the seemingly insufficient worldview for a new, seemingly more appropriate one. However, at high levels of abstraction - at, say, the level where one seeks to comprehend the structures that sustain world affairs - such shifts rarely occur.

One must be continuously alert to the danger of slipping back into old analytic habits and, even more, of doing so unknowingly. Even if they are no longer functional, the old habits are comfortable. They worked earlier, one tends to reason, so why abandon them when thinking afresh can as readily lead to dead-ends as down paths to greater understanding. Happily, several intellectual mechanisms are available for countering temptations to cling to the familiar, and they are briefly noted here as much to keep the author on track as to acquaint the reader with the core procedures that underlie much of what follows.

Skolnikoff, The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), p. 7. 19 Along the domestic-foreign Frontier instances been so lessened by the transfer of capital to their cheap labor markets as to raise the question of exactly who is dependent on whom; that the advent of nuclear weapons has so fully transformed the readiness of political leaders of major countries to advocate, much less use, military force that the role of power in interstate relations has largely become an instrument of economic rather than military statecraft; that although states do indeed possess attributes of power, its distribution among them has been so decentralized as to diminish - and in some instances eliminate - the hierarchical structures of world politics; that not only have new patterns of economic interaction among societies evolved, but for all practical purposes these are no longer managed by national states; that not only have relationships between the public and private sectors of most societies been altered, but in fact the "basic authority" of governments has been so depleted in many parts of the world as to result in stalemated and paralyzed political systems; and that while foreign policy still designates the efforts of societies to maintain a modicum of control over their external environments, new global interdependence issues such as pollution, currency crises, AIDS, and the drug trade have so profoundly changed the tasks and goals of foreign policy officials as to make for differences in kind rather than degree.

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