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Globalization And World Governance: A Preliminary Discussion

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International relations theory poses at least three basic problems, embedded in the present approaches to those disciplines, none of which is sufficient to fully explain the relations between globalization and the state: the traditional state-centric approach, the discourse about globalization, and the discourse of fragmentation. This chapter seeks to discover is a better, more solid source of universal principles, embodied in international law, precisely in order to combat the lack of principles and the "lawlessness" endemic to transnational markets and globalization. It examines if a "world state" would add to the ongoing disregard of human rights present in today's globalized world order, or could it possibly provide a new, powerful force in support of normative obligations. In practice, nations that are either part of or supported by a major power bloc may well commit any number of human rights violations with impunity.

Keywords: globalization; human rights violations; impunity; international relations theory; world governance; world state



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