Book Reviews

"Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity" by Will Kymlicka [Full Text] 03/26/09
Kymlicka extends his well known and widely respected defense of a liberal conception of multiculturalism to all states of the world, and asks causal questions about why liberal multiculturalism is spreading internationally.

"The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas" by Courtney Jung [Full Text] 03/26/09
Jung offers a normatively informed and empirically grounded critique of approaches that justify minority rights on the basis of the need to protect culture.

"Democracy Across Borders: Dêmos to Dêmoi" by James Bohman [Full Text] 03/26/09
Bohman notes the extensive interdependence that characterizes the new circumstances of global politics, and argues that states have reacted either by strengthening state boundaries and increasing centralized authority or by delegating political authority.

"International Trade and Labor Standards: A Proposal for Linkage" by Christian Barry and Sanjay G. Reddy [Full Text] 03/26/09
Barry and Reddy challenge us to envision a world where workers everywhere can make a living wage in safe conditions and globalization does not drive us to compete in a desperate "race to the bottom."

"Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization" by David Singh Grewal [Full Text] 03/26/09
According to Grewal, we need to understand globalization as a process in which we participate by choice but not necessarily voluntarily—one in which common standards allow more effective coordination, yet also entrap us in their pull for convergence.

"The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order" by Jeffrey Anderson, G. John Ikenberry, and Thomas Risse [Full Text] 03/26/09
This edited collection takes stock of the state of the Western alliance, seeking both to improve our theoretical understanding of conflict and crisis and to examine the relevance of theories of politics and international relations.

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