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Prospects for World Government

Authors: Danilo Zolo Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2013 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 218 Publication formats: EAN: 9780745678481 ISBN: 9780745678481 Category: Social & political philosophy Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -


This volume makes a challenging critique of the idea of Cosmopolis - that is, the idea of world or 'global' government. In recent years this idea has been put forward as a way of averting the threat of war and international disorder, and as a way of avoiding the destruction of the planet. Proponents of this idea call for a radical reform of the United Nations which aims to legitimize this institution as an international police force and as a provider of global justice.

Zolo criticizes this new cosmopolitan philosophy and rejects the idea of trying to eliminate international conflict through the use of centralized and superior military force. He seeks instead to develop a conception of international relations which takes account of their pluralistic, dynamic and conflictual nature. This conception moves away from the logic of hierarchical centralization, which so dominates the UN Charter, and towards the logic of 'weak interventionism' and 'weak pacifism' which relies on self-organization, co-ordination and negotiation.

Timely, provocative and iconoclastic, Cosmopolis is an important contribution to current debates in politics, international relations and social and political theory.


  • Cover 2
  • Title Page 6
  • Copyright 7
  • Contents 8
  • Preface 12
  • Acknowledgements 20
  • 1 The Cosmopolitan Model of the Holy Alliance 22
  • 2 The Gulf War: The First Cosmopolitan War 40
  • 3 The Blind Alleys of International Ethics 74
  • 4 Civitas Maxima and Cosmopolitan Law 115
  • 5 Towards a ‘Weak Pacifism’ 149
  • Conclusion 185
  • Postscript to the English Edition 192
  • Select Bibliography 204
  • Index 212
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Author's affiliation

Danilo Zolo: University of Florence