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These are fully elaborated in Chapter 3 of my Distant Proximities. Skip to main content.

James N Rosenau

All of them are derivatives of the premise that the overall structure of world politics has turbulencee one of institutionalized bifurcation. Northwestern University Press,pp. To put it bluntly, I think the world is undergoing enormous change even as many, if not most, American political scientists, perhaps for diverse reasons, tend to downplay, even to ignore, the larger forces underlying the fundamental transformations in their professional analyses. As I understand some post-modernists, for example, the background of the author is irrele- vant.

Are some forms of change illusory, amounting to no more than brief disruptions of underlying patterns? It is relatively easy to trace both the positive and negative developments in world politics to the ways in which states conduct themselves. Behaviors on each side of the contradiction do go in strikingly opposite directions, but analyzed across long stretches of time they emerge as inextricably linked, with the latter being a reaction against the former, a sense that dearly held cultural and com- munity values are threatened by the spread of Western norms.

Social scientists share this conviction, but a broad swath of publics every- where is either not familiar with or antagonistic to the notion that people can be studied systematically. In his first writings in the field, he wofld that the growing uncertainty in world politics arises from turbulence.

They can spread readily across national boundaries and are capable of reaching into any community everywhere in the world” Rosenau distinguishes “government” from “governance”.

Much the same can be said about the potential consumers of mathematical analyses. Alternatively, they can undertake case studies in such a way that others can use each case as one among many. In selecting the essays that follow I have sought to strike a balance between unpublished and previously published papers that are not well known either because they appeared in foreign journals or in books that have not been widely read.


They consist of standard hurdles that newcomers have to jump over in order to progress further down the track.

The bifurcation of world politics Any new paradigm must acknowledge, it seems to me, that the proliferation of global actors and the dispersion of their authority have resulted in the transform- ation and not the breakdown of global structures.

Your ability to do this perhaps seems smooth because of what I see as one of your remarkable traits, namely, the ability to avoid becoming entrenched in the jails of a single paradigmatic or methodological identity a trap that proves comforting to so many scholarsbut rather to remain open to change and innovation.

If it does not seem very central to you, but if the idea of comparing Bulgaria and Romania does, then your interest would seem to be in cultural variables — those having to do with Eastern Europe, making Bulgaria and Rumania more worth comparing than Bulgaria and Cuba.

How open-minded do you think we are; are we still very much trapped in conceptual jails? No matter that what is foreign is also domestic, and vice versa. The organizational explosion Due in good measure to the skill revolution and the more empowered people it is generating as well as swollen by the networking capacities fostered by the Internet, but also because of the salience of environmental and human rights issues and a widespread felt need in an ever more complex world to reach out to like-minded others, organizations are being formed at every level of community and through- out the world.

And yes, the huge proliferation of transnational advocacy groups, corporations, and pro- fessional societies has served to highlight a vast array of interactions that circum- vent the authority of states and societies. Why would a dozen be too many? Obviously, one cannot devote time to pursuing the implications of every deviant case. The third variable could be that of East European culture, wherein one compares the Communist states of that region with other Communist states that do not have a common geographic locale and shared historical experiences.


For it is data and evidence that renders theories credible. Chapter 4 combines parts of two prior essays. Partly, too, notions of power in which both the society and the state are seen as so fully ensconced on the high moral ground and so fully endowed with the physical instruments of coercion that their attenu- ation as a terminal entity is viewed as highly improbable, if not impossible.

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A much greater likelihood is that cooperation between like-minded actors in the state- and multi-centric worlds will result in issue-based regimes that acquire some authority to cope with problems that arise in their issue-areas. Chiefs of State simply do not reverse years of political socialization and commitment, we would have retorted to an obstreperous graduate student who naively suggested that progress in the Middle East might result from some leader breaking with precedent and undertaking to talk directly with his adversaries.

My impulse is that it would be preferable to start out, not by comparing Communist and non- Communist systems, but by comparing the inputs and outputs of the former on the grounds that in this way one can hold a number of important variables constant and thus develop more incisive analyses. Come to think of it, I cannot think of any that do this, though it should be a standard procedure to have at least a paragraph in a preface that tells the reader where the author is coming from.

With few exceptions, such questions have not been the focus of conceptual inquiries by political scientists. And even more conspicuous in this regard is Thomas J.