- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press (1 June 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745325297
- ISBN-13: 978-0745325293
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.3 x 23 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,41,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Twilight of the Nation State: Globalisation, Chaos and War Paperback – Import, 1 Jun 2006
In the spirit of ecumenical scholarship of the left, I can heartily recommend The Twilight of the Nation State. It is by far the most convincing case I have seen for the globalization hypothesis, as well as being an impassioned manifesto against the rich and powerful on behalf of the world's disempowered majority. -- Louis Proyect Prem Jha's book is a thoughtful, well-documented, and passionately argued account of the danger that the present crisis of US hegemony may be headed toward endless chaos rather than a new world order. It should be read by anyone who cares about the future of world society. -- Giovanni Arrighi, Johns Hopkins University Prem Jha is one of the few experts on globalization from the developing world. He offers a cogent account of its grand possibilities but also warns against its pitfalls. He does so by avoiding the trap of viewing it solely through the lens of economics. His book is a timely warning that globalisation is bringing about profound changes in the nation state and the international order. These need to be fully understood in order to be managed. -- Shashi Tharoor, Undersecretary General for Public Affairs of the United Nations, New York
About the Author
Prem Shankar Jha is a columnist and former editor of the Hindustan Times, New Delhi's main morning daily. He has worked as a consultant to the UN Centre for Human settlements and the World Bank. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the University of Virginia. His books include India a Political Economy of Stagnation (OUP, 1980), In the Eye of the Cyclone: The Crisis in Indian Democracy (Viking, 1993), and Kashmir 1947: Rival Versions of History (OUP, 1996).
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But there are less sanguine views on where the world is heading. Samuel Huntington in his famous work thinks cultural conflicts are the wave of the future. Others have talked about growing inequities and rapid mobilization of the poor. But each perspective takes a piece of the new world; no single work explains how one part connects to the other. And contrary to Washington's sanguine view of the world, why globalisation could not have happened without weakening of the nation state and why that in turn will imperil human security.
Prem Shankar Jha connects the parts and comes to some disturbing onclusions. He traces the historical patterns - how past transformations changed the world and brought forth a new order only to witness its decline and subsequent transformation into yet another world order. In tracing theses changes, Jha is weaves the separate threads of history, economics together to create a new conceptual framework that will stand the test of time.
In this sense his work is of the order of classic works by Marx or Weber or Polanyi. Each drew on multiple facets of society to explain why social transformations occurred and how history changed. They were interested in the template that defined the emerging world order. Jha pursues just such a quest. His analysis is remarkably free of ideological biases; he is neither against nor for globalization. His is concerned more with the kind of world we will live in and implications it has for human security.
The questions Jha raises in this volume are of universal concern and the issues he addresses are making headlines everyday. The available answers to these questions have been however muddied with too much anecdotal and impressionistic writing. Jha brings rigorous analysis and refreshing new insights to the current debate on globalization. 'The Twilight of the Nation State' is among the best analyses I have come across. It uses history, economics and politics to explain the nature of transformation in our times and the way it will shape our world. I strongly recommend this book to all those who have bought Friedman's unqualified defense of the global markets; they will benefit by this superbly argued and well balanced book on where we are heading in this century.