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Contents: Preface; Part I Globalization and the Rise of States: Approaching the problem; A globalizing world; The rise of the state. Part II Changing Aspects of Sovereign Statehood: The transformation of authority and territoriality; Legitimacy I - justifying the state; Legitimacy II - changing states: norms and global pressure. Part III Delivering the Goods - the Neo-Medieval, Embedded Cosmopolitan State: Two goods - security and prosperity; The (greatest?) good I - identity in a neo-medieval order; The (greatest?) good II - identity and embedded cosmopolitan states; Putting it all together: neo-medieval embedded-cosmopolitan states; Sources; Index.

About the Author

Stephen Paul Haigh received a Master's degree in Political Theory from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Otago in New Zealand. In between, he worked as a policy analyst for the Government of Canada, culminating in international policy development on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD). He is currently living with his wife and children in Brisbane, Australia, where he has a small consulting business that addresses issues related to those in this book and where he lectures part-time on IR at the University of Queensland.


'This is an outstanding book that will greatly enhance discussions on globalization, denationalization and deterritorialization in the field of International Relations (IR) and beyond. Stephen Haigh provides an excellent and innovative analysis of sovereignty, statehood and cosmopolitanism that will be of interest both to philosophically-trained IR scholars and students. There is no doubt in my mind that his theoretical discussion of "neo-medievalism and embedded cosmopolitanism" will spur a fresh debate among globalization theorists and normatively oriented scholars.' Dirk Nabers, University of Kiel, Germany 'In this highly original study Stephen Haigh confronts the phenomena and theories of globalization head-on. Indeed, in arguing for the resilience, adaptability and centrality of what he terms transformed states he mounts a most formidable defence of IR - not by denying the profound economic changes that have taken place over the past twenty-five years, but by showing that only the state in its modern form can address the many problems thrown up by globalization. A great addition to the literature on globalization and a major contribution to IR as a discipline.' Michael Cox, Founding Director, IDEAS, London School of Economics, UK '"[G]lobalization is ushering in a neo-medieval age," argues Stephen Haigh in this ambitious reinterpretation of the development and trajectory of the Westphalian system, "as a result of which the embedded cosmopolitan state becomes an institutional necessity". To defend such a bold claim requires mastery of history, International Relations theory, and metatheory. It requires subtlety, clarity, and care. Not least, it requires infectious conviction. Haigh has it all. The result is a book as insightful, compelling, and creative as it is enjoyable to read.' David A. Welch, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada 'Future States is an interesting addition to the globalization literature and to IR more broadly. Although Haigh's central claims are bold, they are supported by a sustained engagement with history, IR theory and empirical study. Despite the sophisticated and in depth analysis of globalization, Haigh's work is well written and, perhaps most importantly, enjoyable to read. Whether you ultimately agree or disagree with the conclusions made in Future States, the book is certainly thought provoking and worth the attention of anyone who wants to explore issues as big and important as globalization.' e-International Relations 'Stephen Haigh has written a comprehensive and provocative book on the future of the nation state and how the world order is likely to alter as governments and the global population become increasingly interconnected. ... it is impossible to praise Haigh enough for the amount of research he carried out for Future States. Each chapter has a plethora of footnotes and the Sources section constitutes 22 pages of work by renowned scholars ...' Council on Hemispheric Affairs

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