Globalization and Postmodern Politics
From Zapatistas to High Tech Robber BaronseBook - 2001
Chicago Distribution Center
A truly international study of the many flavours of democracy, concentrating on electoral systems, and the structures making up the systems of parliamentary democracies
An overview of global politics, the corporate powers who dominate the information age and the new revolutionary movements rising up to challenge them.
The book begins with an overview of globalization, showing how wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a transnational elite while ever increasing numbers of people are being marginalised. Institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund are intent upon exercising a new hegemony over individuals as the role of the traditional nation state is transformed. At the centre of this power shift is a group of high-tech robber barons who dominate the Information Age and exploit the technologies of globalization for their own narrow interests. The second part of the book explores the rise of the new grass roots oppositional movements around the world. Manifest in such diverse struggles as the uprising of the Zapatistas in Mexico and the battle of Seattle against the World Trade Organisation, this new postmodern politics is "de-centred" and has little interest in the old ideologies that dominated much of the twentieth century. The final section of the book contextualizes postmodern politics by drawing on contemporary examples. The authors discuss the demise of socialist and proto-socialist experiments in Chile, Grenada, Nicaragua and Cuba and the emergence of postmodern movements in Latin America. The final two chapters take a specific look at the Zapatista movement and its significance for revolutionary struggles around the world.
Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press ; Kingston, Jam. : Arawak, 2001
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 176 pages)