Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership
Edited by: Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto
• ISBN: 9781107674967
• Publication date: October 2011
• 320 pages
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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.
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.
'This book provides an insightful Gramscian analysis of the forms of privately-based 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, Professor of Global Governance, 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, Professor of Urban Theory, Harvard University