Globalization and Political Ethics


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Rational exercise of our responsibility requires us to relate the globalization process to the ends and purposes that properly befit human life and human community. Economic 'ends' are merely the 'means' to ends of a higher order, which can only be specified in terms of moral duty and ethical purpose. The contributors to this book explore political-ethical issues of globalization, including terrorism, institutional change and distribution in the world economy, the role of the United Nations and international financial institutions, the regimes of international trade and technology transfer, the effects of regionalism in the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the failure of Russia, human rights enforcement in Africa, and the prospects for global governance. This book was originally published as Volume 4 no. 3-4 (2005) of Brill's journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.

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Richard B. Day, Ph.D. in Political Science (London) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively on political economy, including Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Joseph Masciulli, Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Toronto, 1983) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB, Canada). He has published articles or chapters on international ethics, democracy and technology, and political leadership.


1. Globalization, Markets and Ethics
R.B. Day
2. Society and Market in the Era of Globalization
D. Pokorny
3. The Moral Politics of IMF Reforms: Universal Economics, Particular Ethics
J. Best
4. Global Trade and Technology Regimes: The South's Asymmetrical Struggle
R. Patterson
5. Russia and Globalization
M.A. Molchanov
6. Regionalism and Globalization: The Case of the European Union
M.A. Molchanov
7. The Community of Europe and Globalization
Waldemar A. Skrobacki
8. Humanitarian Intervention and the Question of Sovereignty: The Case of ASEAN
S. Narine
9. Genocide and State-Induced Famine: Global Ethics and Western Responsibility for Mass Atrocities in Africa
R.E. Howard-Hassmann
10. The United Nations and International Security in the New Millennium
W.A. Knight
11. Terrorism and Globalization
B. Cooper
12. The "Relative Universality" of Human Rights: An assessment (Donnelly)
Steve On
13. Morality, Ethics and Globalization: Lessons from Kant, Hegel, Rawls, and Habermas
E. Lachapelle
14. Globalization and the Requirements of "Good" Environmental Governance
S. Bernstein
15. Governing a Global Community of Shared Risks
J. Mascuilli& R.B. Day

All those interested in international ethics, globalization, international markets, human rights, global governance, environmental governance, international organizations, the European Union, and Russia. Political scientists, economists, human rights scholars, and philosophers of political ethics would be especially interested in these chapters.
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