The perseverance of the nation-state

“One of our era’s foundational myths”, says Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard,

is that globalization has condemned the nation-state to irrelevance. The revolution in transport and communications, we hear, has vaporized borders and shrunk the world. New modes of governance, ranging from transnational networks of regulators to international civil-society organizations to multilateral institutions, are transcending and supplanting national lawmakers. Domestic policymakers, it is said, are largely powerless in the face of global markets.

“The global financial crisis,” Rodrik answers, “has shattered this myth.” Continue reading

Why ‘Society 5′?

What do we mean by ‘Society 5′?

Throughout this project we want to raise a simple argument: that the changes in social organisation brought about by the Internet constitute a break with the recent past as dramatic as that seen during the Neolithic or industrial revolutions, and that we are in a unique place to be able to seize the democratic potential presented by this moment.

To make this argument we’re drawing (well, in this case really it’s Will drawing) from Paul James’ argument in Nation Formation that social formations can be understood via their dominant and subordinate forms of production, exchange, organisation, communication and enquiry.

But that’s an overly wordy way of phrasing it…

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